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A Journey of “Waste”: Reflections About Research, Creation, and teaching

Thu, May 25, 19:30 to 21:30, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Floor: 2, Indigo Ballroom B


This submission is a half-hour television documentary program that was broadcast on the most watched free-to-air television channel in Hong Kong in late July 2016. It was the tenth episode of an educational documentary series “Nature and Man in One” produced by the public broadcaster Radio Television Hong Kong. The series addressed a wide range of sustainable issues and explored how different countries tackled and solved the many pressing environmental problems. Except the first episode that aimed to provide an overview, eight episodes presented substantial facts, figures and also considerable technical details. I was invited to write and direct the finale episode that was, however, designed to be more “conceptual” and “inspirational” in tone.

Considering that it is a rare opportunity to combine research, creation and production for a one-off production for a major local broadcaster, I started to venture into various subjects relating to sustainability and environment conservation. Through intensive research into the case of Sweden, the finale settled with a core question that would underlie the program.