Welcoming Our 2024 Grant Awardees to the ACCHK Family


Individual Fellowship

CHEN Jialu, Artist (China)
Individual Fellowship | Visual Art | China → Malaysia, Singapore | 4 months
Altius Fellowship

Chen will expand her research into the history and material culture of the "self-combing sisters,” who migrated from China’s Pearl River Delta to work in Southeast Asia in the early 1900s. She plans to visit Malaysia and Singapore to continue her study into their traditions, interview descendants, and document relics of their shared households. Chen will explore the economic and cultural aspects of their migration, topics that she has explored in her work on the Mainland China side of the story.

FANG Yan, Curator and Writer (China)
Individual Fellowship | Art History | China → Japan | 6 weeks
ACCHK Arts Circle Fellowship

Fang will study the Fluxus Movement, focusing on its intersections with sound art and conducting research on key figures in Japan and their influence on contemporary artists. Fascinated by the cosmopolitan ideals and interdisciplinarity of Fluxus, and its derived cultural currents, she aims to deepen her perspectives through visits, exchanges, and archival research. She will research both historical and contemporary artists and art practitioners, including their pedagogical approaches within art institutions. This experience will enrich her curatorial methods, cultural insight, and academic research, facilitating the connection of transnational communities while fostering cross-cultural comprehension and empathy through discussions, publications, and open-form collaborative projects. http://yanfang.fr/

QIAN Ning, Filmmaker (China)
Individual Fellowship | Film/Video/Photography | China Taiwan | 3 months
Altius Fellowship

During his three-month fellowship, Qian will study the temple culture in Taiwan with particular focus on villages and temples centered around spirit-medium culture in Tainan's Wannian Village, Sanliao Bay, and Taoyuan's Bade Village. He will conduct in-depth field research to understand and document temple caretakers' lifestyles, belief systems, and community roles. He will look at traditions upheld by the temple keeper, especially looking for the commonalities and differences that have emerged between Taiwan and Mainland China in order to increase the cultural exchange between temples in these places.

Suet Yin (Athena) SHIU, Violinist (Hong Kong)
Individual Fellowship | Music | Hong Kong → United States | 2 months
Lady Fung Music Fellowship

A product of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, violinist Shiu will attend workshops at the Aspen Music Festival and School, a prestigious summer music program. Regarded as one of the top summer music festivals in the U.S., the program features more than 400 concerts, classes, lectures, and events. Shiu has earned numerous accolades and awards, including at the Hong Kong Generation Next Arts International Music Competition in 2021 and 2023. She will have the opportunity to work alongside some of the finest young classical musicians in the U.S., learn from some of the world’s top string instrument players and teachers, and expand her performance practice.

Jacqueline Wen Xi TONG, Moving Image Programmer (Hong Kong)
Individual Fellowship | Curation | Hong Kong → United States | 3 months
HKETONY Fellowship

As a curator and moving image programmer, Tong will study models for cross-disciplinary arts festivals in the U.S., where moving image is a starting point, to see how experiences, including a range of artistic fields, can be adapted for the Hong Kong and Greater Chinese contexts. She aims to learn about how these festivals engage local audiences, to experience their venues and programs, and to share her own experiences and help them make connections to Hong Kong. She will also meet with filmmakers and representatives of U.S. institutions to explore possible Hong Kong-U.S. exchanges in the future.

ZHAO Zhicong, Landscape Architect (China)
Individual Fellowship | Architecture | Hong Kong → United States | 5 months
Hsin Chong-K.N. Godfrey Yeh Education Fund: Tsinghua-MIT Exchange Fellowship

Zhao will participate in the Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a visiting scholar for a semester, with a focus on urban and rural planning research and sustainable development. She will use her fellowship to engage international perspectives on parkland policymaking and learn about the latest research tools and processes used at MIT for her areas of inquiry. As a scholar, Zhao focuses on how national parks in China can be at the center of policies to optimize protected areas. While in the U.S., she aims to familiarize herself with new case studies and methods in field to inform her work in China. https://arch.tsinghua.edu.cn/info/rw_fjly/1972

New York Fellowship

Isaac CHONG Wai, Artist (Hong Kong)
New York Fellowship | Visual Art | Hong Kong → United States | 6 months
Désirée & Hans Michael Jebsen Fellowship

Chong will research the performance art scene in New York, focusing on Asian diaspora communities' practices and platforms. He wants to understand the portrayal of Asian bodies in art history. Through networking and collaboration, he seeks to grow professionally, foster connections between Hong Kong and New York, contribute to dialogues on anti-Asian racism, and expand his video work "Falling Reversely,” developed in response to attacks against Asian individuals during the pandemic. He aims to challenge stereotypes and promote empathy by connecting with AAPI artists and cultural workers. http://www.isaacchongwai.com

Olivier CONG, Composer (Hong Kong)
New York Fellowship | Music | Hong Kong → United States | 6 months
Altius Fellowship

Cong will research and connect with a wide variety of cultural communities in New York City, not only for music but also for visual art, theater, dance, and other disciplines. To broaden his horizons and stretch his capabilities as a music creator and performer, he wants to connect, exchange ideas, and collaborate with musicians of different genres, including classical, ambient, experimental, sound art, and independent. He aims to bolster cultural exchange between New York and Hong Kong and to perform at New York venues, such as Pioneer Works and Public Records by the end of his fellowship. https://oliviercong.com/

Jacqueline LEUNG, Writer (Hong Kong)
New York Fellowship | Literature | Hong Kong → United States | 6 months
Altius Fellowship

Leung will conduct research on literary translation for Hong Kong writing originally in Chinese and translated into English, as well as between artistic forms, such as novels being adapted for theater/visual art/film. She will also attend workshops and book festivals, and meet others engaged in literary translation to gain resources and connections that are unavailable in Hong Kong. Her goal, once she has established connections with translation communities in the U.S., is to bring resources, calls for publication, and industry opportunities back to Hong Kong for emerging translators and writers. https://www.jacqlyy.com/