The 70's Biweekly

Social Activism and Alternative Cultural Production in 1970s Hong Kong


Edited by Lu Pan

ISBN : 978-988-8805-70-9

Cultural Studies / Hong Kong

October 2023

296 pages, 9″ x 6″, 23 b&w illus.

  • HK$250.00

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Taking The 70’s Biweekly—an independent youth publication in the 1970s’ Hong Kong—as the main thread, this edited volume investigates an unexplored trajectory of Hong Kong’s cultural and art production in the 1970s that represents the making of a dissent space by independent press and activist groups in the city. The 70’s Biweekly stands out from many other independent magazines with its unique blending of radical political theories, social activism, avant-garde art, and local art and literature creations. By taking the magazine as a nodal point of social and cultural activism from and around which actions, debates, community, and artistic practices are formed and generated, this book fills gaps in studies on how young Hong Kong cultural producers carved out an alternative creative and political space to speak against established authorities. 

Split into three parts, this book provides readers with a panoramic view of the political and cultural activisms in Hong Kong during the 1970s, writings on art and film, and crucially, interviews with former founders and contributors that reflect on how their participation led them to engage ideologically with their activism and community that extended far beyond the temporal and physical bounds of the magazine.

Lu Pan is associate professor in the Department of Chinese Culture at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.