Asian Cultural Council Announces 2018 China and Hong Kong Fellowship Recipients


Nurturing Talents: Cultural Exchange Rejuvenates the Arts Scene

Asian Cultural Council Announces 2018 China and Hong Kong Fellowship Recipients

Hong Kong, China
- The Asian Cultural Council (ACC) is a non-profit organization that awards fellowships and provides program services for cultural exchange in the arts. ACC believes that the arts are essential to the lives of people and that exchanges in the arts not only benefit the development of artistic talents and professionals, but also offer unique opportunities for the growth of communication, respect, and understanding between different cultures. The ACC is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 fellowship:

“Over the years, ACC has awarded approximately 6,000 fellowships and grants to artistic talents, among which 300 were from China, and 300 from Hong Kong. Many of them are now leaders in their fields,” said Josephine Wai, Director of ACC Hong Kong. “We welcome the 2018 fellowship recipients into the ACC family. They will soon commence their excursions to further their research and connect with professionals and leaders in their fields. They represent the rise of new artistic talents in Hong Kong and emerging arts administrators and curators in China. ACC will continue to support the development of the arts in the region. Congratulations to all the fellowship recipients!”

In response to the rapidly developing arts scene in China, the 2018 fellows from China are some of the most promising producers and curators in the scene. Wang Weiwei (王慰慰) is Co-curator of the 12th Shanghai Biennale and will commence a research project in East Asia; Yao Mengxi (姚夢溪) is a founding member of the Shanghai independent space Radical Space; Zhu Jinglun (朱經倫) is a graduate student pursuing curatorial studies in Bart College, New York. Tong Shanshan (佟姍珊) is a producer of the Shanghai Theater Academy and its annual performance season. Yao, Zhu, and Tong will visit the US to observe its arts scene and development. The Tsinghua–MIT Exchange Program fellowship, supported by the Hsin Chong–K.N. Godfrey Yeh Education Fund, was awarded to Professor Wang Nan (王南), a Lecturer in the Tsinghua University School of Architecture. He will attend the Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to further his research on the preservation of historical cities in Beijing.

This year’s Hong Kong fellows boast a line of artists and represents a new generation of creative talents. They include visual artist Morgan Wong (黃榮法), whose body of work evolves from the main concept of time; New media artist Lau Ho Chi (劉浩知), who was featured in many local and overseas new media art festivals and will commence his MFA program at Carnegie Mellon University; Hong Kong playwright Yi Heng (意珩), whose solid literary depth and works of distinctive flair have led her to collaborate with top Hong Kong theater directors and companies; and documentary film director Chan Ho Lun Fredie (陳浩倫), whose work focuses on grassroots communities. These artists will travel to New York to further research and observe the latest developments in the arts as well as to meet and exchange with peers in their fields. Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts piano student Wong Sze Yuen (黃思遠) will participate in the renowned Aspen Music Festival and School in the summer of 2018.

About the Asian Cultural Council Hong Kong

The Asian Cultural Council was established in 1963 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd. It has awarded approximately 6,000 fellowships and grants to arts professionals and institutions. Headquartered in New York City, ACC maintains offices in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Manila and Taipei. Since 1986, ACC Hong Kong has supported more than 600 artists and arts professionals from Hong Kong and China for programs of advanced study and research in the US and other countries in Asia.

Application for 2019 Fellowships

Applications for fellowships to be awarded in 2019 will commence on September 1, 2018. For more information, please refer to ACC’s website:


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Photo Courtesy of Chan Ho Lun Fredie (2018 Fellow)