This special issue on Hong Kong has been waiting in the wings to be published since the start of 2020 and follows the special issue on COVID-19. It is an important and exciting special issue as Hong Kong art therapists have made great strides over the years and this issue gives us a window into the way they are imagining, thinking, questioning, and debating how to adapt their traditional training to their local contexts. Their commitment to this subject shows a conscientiousness, seriousness, and concern for the people with whom they work and the profession itself. Since the writing of these articles, the COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the entire world on multiple levels and no less so Hong Kong. It has highlighted the prominent role of Hong Kong’s civil society and the ability of the local communities to engage in spontaneous social mobilization. As a result of their experience during the previous SARS epidemic – the resulting number of deaths, as well as the subsequent economic depression – Hong Kong society, was quick to respond to this current pandemic. People were disciplined; donning masks, sanitizing their environments, and observing social distancing from very early on, and even before the World Health Organization (WHO) was recommended these as helpful actions.
This quick social mobilization prevented a large-scale community outbreak during the early stages of this pandemic. Indeed, Hong Kong communities have shown tremendous resilience and capacity to adapt. Art therapists in this edition speak of their practice before COVID-9 and of their wish to return to “normal” but also of the advantages gained and lessons learned in adapting their work and lives to taking place online.
We are still in the midst of the pandemic and are only just getting a glimpse of how the pandemic will impact on the world. Just as SARS had a profound impact on Hong Kong society, so inevitably will this pandemic shape the post-COVID era. We do not yet know what this era will look like in Hong Kong or anywhere in the world, but we do know that it is the values of cooperation, cross cultural dialog, and internationalism that characterize this journal. It is our understanding that our differences enrich us and make us more complete and it is in this spirit that this special issue on Hong Kong has been written and compiled.
Debra Kalmanowitz, PhD
Co-Editor in Chief
Table of Content
- Foreword: Hong Kong Special Edition, Debra Kalmanowitz, PhD
- Editorial, Debra Kalmanowitz, Ka Kit Lai
- A Taoist Perspective of Expressive Arts Therapy – Introduction to Hong Kong Special Edition Hong Kong 2020, Lai Ka Kit
- Hong Kong 2020. Taking the Pulse, Ivy Fung, HoiLam Tang, NgaChee Chan, Tristan
- Making Meaning Out of Intersectionality Through Expressive Arts Therapy: A Case Study, Man-Kit Kwong
- Expressive Arts as a Way of Making Meaning and Gaining Insight: An Eastern Perspective with the “Mind”, Sarah Y. C. Chu
- Decolonizing my Hong Kong Identity as a Settler in Canada: An Expressive Arts-based Inquiry, Gracelynn Chung-yan Lau
- Growing to be Independent in an Interdependent Culture: A Reflection on the Cultural Adaptation of Creative and Expressive Arts Therapy in an Asian Global City, Rainbow Tin Hung Ho
- Expressive Arts Therapy with Chinese Calligraphy Elements as a Working Approach, Esther Yau Ching Nam
- Ink for Mettā, Joanna To
- Home-based Art Therapy in Hong Kong, Ling Cheun Bianca Lee
- Two Sides of Landscape in Ink-wash Painting: Chinese Landscape Painting in Expressive Arts Practice, Wai-yu Leung
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