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As I started his book, I found it both eerie and surreal to read about these events that we now know all too well. Pushed to the limits of their endurance in lockdown and then quarantine conditions, John Ryan, a Hong Kong academic, and Phoebe Ho, a Hong Kong district councilor, decide to break the rules of their quarantine and rediscover what has been denied them for too long - impassioned human contact.
I’m also certain that years from now, we will have a wide selection of novels and films set during our pandemic, one we will continue to live through until the world is vaccinated. When they part “not knowing when or where we would meet again [which feels] like the most natural thing in the world”, their separation is more affecting than the parting of the lovers from which the novel derives its name. It is not the harrowing news reports and images that define the novel but his characters’ response to them.More than a third of people newly living with a partner believed that two months of lockdown felt like the equivalent of two years of commitment. I think in normal times, if this had happened, people would have been, like, ‘Well, that’s so quick, why are you rushing into things? Then they had to make a big decision – as outlined by the deputy chief medical officer Jenny Harries when she urged non-cohabiting couples to “test the strength of their relationship” and move in together for lockdown.
Both Catharine and Kyle lived alone, so it made sense to isolate together rather than live apart in solitary confinement. We were comfortable letting off steam with each other and then disappearing from each other’s lives, no questions asked, sometimes for years on end. Her writing has also appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books‘ China Blog, Asian Jewish Life, and several Hong Kong anthologies.
With Lockdown Lovers, the established fan base and hopefully newcomers, will get a new story that speaks to the type of content that they want to see, which is not found on traditional media. For anyone who has ever spent time in Wan Chai or Causeway Bay, it’s almost impossible to miss Hennessy Road. In the early weeks of the pandemic, I latched on to any film or book that would shed light on what we were going through. The episodic cut of the low budget movie that I wrote (Lockdown Lovers) is now TX-ing in weekly webisodes on Lilydale Films' Flunk Channel on YouTube. Books like Ying Ma’s Severance and Laurie Halse Anderson’s Fever 1793 also provided a counterintuitive calming effect.
We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Always delivered with a cheeky grin and a thunderous onstage energy, his eclectic sets have torn the roof off nightclubs and festival stages across the globe. We also get regular updates and reflections on the time of lockdown from Phoebe Ho, Kwok-ying and a pangolin. In Part II, John, Phoebe and Kwok-ying have all had to go into quarantine as they have picked up the virus.
Since the start of the pandemic, thousands of people have found themselves in turbo relationships, forced by lockdown measures to speed up the conventional rhythms of commitment. Written by DANNY SPRING, Lockdown Lovers – Set in Melbourne during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kristal (Kate Mayhew) is enjoying the last few days of her trip to Australia when she meets Lisette (Stevie McKeon) on a night out in the city. She received an MPhil in Government and Public Administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Lockdown Lovers foregrounds a bleak emotional landscape, “an intense epidemic of loneliness”, which, though illuminated by the lockdown, seems to precede it.
I would not usually make that much of a rash decision on something as big as moving in with someone, but it felt like the right thing to do, and to be honest we didn’t know how long we would have to isolate together,” says Catharine. In an illuminating meeting between John and an old friend, they discuss Hong Kong’s “infection mentality” and pose Hong Kong as a city whose decision to “self-isolate” and withdraw to the margins began long before the pandemic. The slow lowering of the face masks … to reveal the cheeks, the nose, the lips, then the outline of the chin, the way the chin recedes to the neck, the jawline. Will these two strangers drive each other crazy during lockdown, or find themselves falling in love?It tells the story what we all here in Melbourne went through during the COVID lockdowns, back in the early days of the pandemic. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.