CCHU7003-The Arts Across Cultures


CCHU7003-The Arts Across Cultures


Arts and Humanities


In this course, we will embark on an exciting journey to India. We will explore the diverse ethnic, religious, artistic and social realities of India by experiencing them in their own contexts. We will examine issues of Indian society, religious beliefs, economy, and globalization through music (Ravi Shankar’s “West meets East,” Sufi Rock), visual arts and crafts (Delhi street art, erotic art, block printing), body art (Mehndi), film (Bollywood and rap), architecture (Taj Mahal in Agra, Hawa Mahal in Jaipur), etc.

Through this interdisciplinary exploration, the students will learn the basic tools to critically reflect on the emergence and impact of human creativity and innovation in the context of the arts of India. This will be done, in part, through field trips to what is known as the Golden Triangle cities of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. We will visit different socio-cultural settings in these three cities, engage in a wide range of experiential learning activities, and interact directly with local students and the community of the Dayalbagh Educational Institute (DEI) in Agra.

Students from HKU will partner with students from the DEI to investigate, reflect, and collaborate on a project focused on the crossover between arts and sciences, with a thematic focus on “Nature, Culture, and Cities.” In groups, students will work on issues of cultural diversity and their preservation, environmental issues and sustainable living, specific challenges Indian students face living in cities, and the arts, sciences and technology’s role in meeting those challenges. The aim is to develop an inquiry-based, interdisciplinary, and creative project that will be shared in the form of public dissemination event both in Agra and in Hong Kong.

Items in the CCHU7003-The Arts Across Cultures Collection

Dear all, welcome to our weekly radio programme, India Today. Gender inequality has always aroused debates and concerns all over the world. Especially in India, many are still fighting against women discrimination. Today, we would talk about child…

This is a video that explores the development of public toilets in Hong Kong and rural India. A time-traveling sci-fi story is first presented to introduce the public to some of the reasons why we need attention and enhancement to public toilet…

This is a video that aim to probe into difference between Hong Kong and India in finding marriage partners and the social impact on people’s concepts of marriage and love. Amid dramatic modernisation and westernisation, the format of marriage…

Fiona, an established architect and daughter of a wealthy family
finds herself in a troubling position: her grandfather has left behind a valuable
pre-colonial heritage monument, now vulnerable to destruction in exchange for Hong
Kong's economic…

This video mainly reflects our psychological changes on farming before and after
India trip and the real experience of farm work there. More importantly, it tells our
understanding of farming, both to individuals and the community as a…

This is a love story between a Hong Kong girl and the son of a wealthy Indian businessman in the comic. On their road in love, they need to persuade their parents and adapt different culture between Hong Kong and Agra. Many happy, touched even angry…

In the video, I shift between my inner monologue and external dialogue while reflecting upon my experiences during our trip to India. I compared different aspects from sustainability, community and lifestyle in Dayalbagh with major cities in India.…

The video summaries our journey in India and express it through a series of black and white images

A reflective video on foreign concepts associated with how Indian society deals with complex social and economic issues

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