“Experiencing Classics” aims to offer opportunities for CU undergraduates to further their understanding of the classics studied through hands-on experience and actual practices in life. Farming is a process of human intervention in nature to obtain resources, which involves interdisciplinary knowledge and skills. By participating in farming practices, students can better understand ideas and views introduced in “In Dialogue with Humanity” and “In Dialogue with Nature”. They will ponder issues of agricultural ethics and the food that makes part of their daily living, and thereby scrutinizing in real context on the social and environmental issues raised in the classics.
The programme of Farming with Classics consists of three parts:
- First, students are required to watch videos in the “In Dialogue with Farming” series to learn how agriculture may shape our imagination about food and be connected with the classics.
- Next, students go on field trips to rural and urban farms and reflect on the relationship between agriculture, Hong Kong society, and daily life.
- Students may also engage in urban farming, such as working on the rooftop farm of Hui Yeung Shing Building at CUHK. Participating students may reflect on their relationship with humanity and nature as they sow, harvest, or fail to harvest. They will share their experience in interviews and writing, and excellent pieces will be selected for awards and publications in the UGE News and our website.