Staff profile: Wesley Tang

Senior Tutor, TV / Film / Media / eSports / Creative Production and Technologies

Hello, my name is Wesley Tang. I joined Morley College last year after relocating to the UK from Hong Kong, a wonderful city in Asia where I was born and grew up.

In my own education, I achieved multiple degrees in Creative Media and Comparative Literature. I developed as a teacher in the Higher Education sector as well as being an active multimedia practitioner.

I am passionate about all things creative – expressed in visual media, in writing – and fascinated by how stories and ideas cross over into gaming and technology.

I love to share my ideas, my interest in creative media and express this writing for newspapers and magazines on visual culture and digital technologies. In my spare time I organise screenings and cinema-related workshops and events, and produce documentary-based video and web projects. I suppose this relates to teaching by widening participation for this wonderful field of creative arts.

Hong Kong has been influential in many ways. In my life and work and particularly how I look at the possibilities of cinema. Culturally we have such interesting cinematic themes. On the one hand we have ‘action cinema’ full of spectacular martial arts and kung fu films, and on the other, we are blessed with wickedly beautiful works by contemporary auteurs such as Wong Kar-wai, Johnnie To and Ann Hui.

Other than these big names, there is also an emerging and vibrant independent filmmaking scene, and I am really excited that some of these independent works will be shown in the first Hong Kong Film Festival UK between 19th and 27th March 2022 in London. There will be 16 titles including six documentaries, five feature films, and five shorts so a real mixture of formats.

For various reasons, I think there will be more people moving from Hong Kong to the UK, and I hope we can bring in something different and exciting to further enrich the diverse cultures here.

My new ventures are in the areas of gaming and learning technologies – the former is closely related to the BTEC L3 Extended Diploma in Esports qualification we are currently offering at the Chelsea Centre for the Creative Industries. Learning technology is all about making learning engaging, accessible, meaningful and fun – especially when we ‘gamify’ learning methods and activities.

I am convinced that in a post-COVID world learning will be increasingly distributed and supported online. It is important that we make use of modern tools and technologies to create positive learning experiences wherever we are.

I look forward to sharing my passion for innovative technology with you in the near future.

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