Ye Si (也斯) (1949–2013) By Tang, Yan
Leung Ping-kwan, MH (pen name: Ye Si) was an influential writer, essayist, and scholar in Hong Kong. He became a freelancer in the 1960s, and later obtained his Bachelor’s degree in English at Hong Kong Baptist University. In 1978, he was admitted to the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of California, San Diego. He completed the doctoral degree in 1984. His dissertation is entitled ‘Aesthetics of Opposition: A Study of the Modernist Generation of Chinese Poets, 1936–1949’. After returning to Hong Kong, he taught in the Department of English Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong. In 1998, he became a professor in the Chinese Department at Lingnan University in Hong Kong. Later on, he worked as the Director of the Centre for Humanities Research at Lingnan University, teaching film, comparative literature, and modernism among other subjects. As a prolific writer and scholar, he has published fiction, poetry, essays, as well as academic works on films, comparative literature, Chinese modernism, and literature in Hong Kong. He died on 5 January 2013.