Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Is Hong Kong today more creative than ten years ago
10 years ago marked a sensitive date in HK’s historical timeline. So what was everybody doing in that point of time? Busy building for bigger opportunity to reap profits; busy planning their trips to exit this “place of uncertain future”; busy making films that record the change of sovereignty; busy creating big projects that should encourage the people to stay – say for example the Chek Lap Kok Airport or the world acclaimed Tsing Ma Bridge.
To view things on a retrospect, we were all helping to execute THAT ultra creative project of Mr Deng Xiaoping, termed strategically as “one country, two systems” and praised by all as ingenious and un-precedented.
The overall creativity of the populace, however, has not excelled as a result of this. We do have a lot of happenings or hardware that claimed to be “creative” or to promote “creativity”. And even more so in the rim of “creative industries.”
However, creativity is functionally and fundamentally dependent on the freedom of thinking, the skills of expression plus a longer vision as to where a society, or mankind in general, is heading. To this, I am still awaiting more signals from our next creative generation.