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An Indian made in Hong Kong: comedy, identity and Intercultural Imaginary

April 11 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Join us for a hybrid seminar session in the Media@UniMelb Seminar Series, co-presented by the Media and Communications Studies Program, English and Theatre Studies Program, and Asian Culture Research Hub in the School of Culture and Communication, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne.

Being born-and-raised in Hong Kong as an Indian kid in a predominantly Chinese community, Vivek Mahbubani, a comedian that performs in both Cantonese and English, has had to face issues such as not fitting in, racial discrimination and being told that he’s “not Indian enough”. In this seminar, Vivek talks about how growing up and learning Cantonese was both his biggest challenge as well as best super-power he uses daily to both appreciate Hong Kong culture and make fun of it at the same time.

The talk will be followed with discussions by:

· Dr Sarah Balkin, English and Theatre Studies, University of Melbourne

· A/Prof Lisa Leung, Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University Hong Kong

· Dr Lynda Ng, English and Theatre Studies, University of Melbourne


Level 4 Linkway, John Medley Building
The University of Melbourne Parkville, VIC 3052 Australia
Melbourne, VIC 3052 Australia
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