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Contemporary Hong Kong Through a Chicago Lens This multi-media exhibition showcases Hong Kong through the eyes of five students from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. The exhibition is part of the “Hong Kong Comes to Chicago 2009” festival.

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contemporary hong kong through a chicago lens
Contemporary Hong Kong Through a Chicago Lens

This multi-media exhibition showcases Hong Kong through the eyes of five students from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. The exhibition is part of the “Hong Kong Comes to Chicago 2009” festival.

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Smile! But don’t take a bite. Though it looks like a tasty, chocolate-frosted bun,

it’s actually a wrist pad for a computer mouse user.

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These eggs are not the same kind you get in your local mega-mart. These are

Chinese preserved eggs, a local delicacy made by letting the eggs ripen in

a mixture of clay, ash and salt.

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Fish is a staple in Hong Kong cuisine. For every fruit and meat purveyor,

there is also a fishmonger.

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Product moves fast at the open-air markets and most of the shopkeepers have little

patience for people who stand and gawk, so it’s not a bad idea to buy an apple or two

to munch on as you wander.

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While the site of massive slabs of raw meat hanging out in the open air—entrails and all

—may be off-putting for some, the street markets in Hong Kong bustle with activity

at all hours of the day.

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Traditional Chinese dishes are surprisingly simple: a bowl of broth, some noodles and

a piece of meat. Don’t be mistaken though—there is beauty in simplicity.

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Oolong tea, the kind grown on this land, is rumored to nurture healthy skin and combat

visual signs of aging. Growing lush with green leaves, it represents an important part of

mealtime and social culture in Hong Kong.

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The 88-story building is the taller of the two of the International Financial Centre buildings

that stand in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor.

During the day, the IFC is flooded with high-end shoppers and time-pressed financiers.

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This construction digger stationed in front of a local shop stands near the Big Buddha

and is symbolic of the constant development taking place on the island.

Lantau embodies a beautiful mix of rural and urban Hong Kong.

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At a local park near the Hong Kong Legislative Council building is this larger-than-life tree.

The city is known for its breathtaking skyline, but sprinkled among the flashy skyscrapers

and bright lights are massive trees and beds of bauhinia flowers.

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It was a night of glitz, glamour and stars as celebrities poured in

for the third annual Asian Film Awards.

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Winner of Best Actor, Motoki Masahiro, poses with Best Actress, Zhou Xun

at the Asian Film Awards.

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 The Hong Kong Sevens –

an international rugby tournament comes to Hong Kong annually.

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Lan Kwai Fong, an L-shaped cobblestone area in Western Hong Kong,

throbs with life all day long, all year long

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On top of the Legislative Council building stands Themis, the goddess of justice. It’s a replica of the statue on top of the Central Criminal Court in London.

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Originally used as guardians in Buddhist temples, stone lions were placed outside doorways for protection and to ward off bad spirits.

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Overlooking the Po Lin monastery, The Tian Tan Buddha represents the harmonious relationship between man, nature and religion.

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Colors are symbols of important cultural values - red represents good fortune and joy. Gold is the color of old royalty and symbolizes wealth and happiness.

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The Guinness Book of World Records recognizes Hong Kong’s Symphony of Lights as "the world's largest permanent light and sound show." Every evening at 8 p.m. Victoria Harbor glitters with lasers and pyrotechnic fireworks set to synchronized music.

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The Hong Kong Team of Medill students: (from L to R) Kate Endeley, Alex Presha, Deepa Sethu, Erik Johns and Melissa Morgan.