Collecting Youth Culture: Hong Kong

Students from the Hong Kong International School pack up their time capsule to send to students in Pittsburgh, Pa. USA


Nicole Dezelon, Warhol Education Staff
Leah MorelliWarhol Education Staff
Mara Cregan, Literary Arts, Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School (CAPA)
Heather White, Printmaking, Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School (CAPA)
Bridgette Rowe, Hong Kong International School
Eno YinHKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity 



In the fall of 2012 as the 15 Minutes Eternal exhibit moved from Singapore to Hong Kong, CAPA students set out to connect with and learn about youth from Hong Kong. After conducting initial research about Hong Kong, CAPA Literary Artists served as anthropological collectors of youth culture and determined it was necessary to collect ideas from their American peers and planned an exhibit of Collecting Youth Culture that would be curated in the school’s art gallery. All CAPA students were invited to visit and engage with the exhibit.    

From the ideas collected from Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School (CAPA) student body, two time capsules were created to send to schools in Hong Kong; the Hong Kong International School (HKIS) and the HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity. During the early part of 2013 HKIS and HKICC students explored the time capsules sent by their American counterparts, and began to create time capsules to send back to the CAPA students. These time capsules arrived in Pittsburgh in early June of 2013, and CAPA students explored the contents learning much about their counterparts from Hong Kong. The youth involved in this valuable cultural exchange both in Asia and America continue to learn that there are more similarities than originally thought between one another.      

A high point of this cultural exchange was a videoconference between CAPA Literary Artists and Bridgette Rowe’s art students from The Hong Kong International School in June of 2013.  This unique opportunity allowed Hong Kong and American students to discuss important ideas regarding the themes of Art, Beauty, Fame, Love, Time, and Work.  To continue the dialogue between American, Singaporean, and now Hong Kong youth, the Facebook page continues to grow and gain momentum as a forum to learn about what it means to be a youth in today’s global society.     


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CAPA student video for students in Hong Kong
CAPA & HKIS Video conference at The Allegheny Intermediate Unit
Image Gallery
Hong Kong International School making their time capsule
Hong Kong International School
HKICC students examine mini-time capsules from CAPA students
HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity