My hero(ine)

“Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all.” Hypatia of Alexandria.

Hypathia is considered to have been the first woman to write on the subject of mathematics and an important pagan philosopher. When she was born in 370 A.D. in the cosmopolitan/Hellenistic Alexandria, her father Theon, a distinguished mathmatician/philosopher, was determined that Hypatia should develop into a “perfect human being”, which is remarkable since women were considered to be less than human. Theon then set up an educational plan for his daughter to ensure that her body would be as healthy as her well-trained mind. He also taught Hypathia to question any rigid system of religion and embrace new scientific truths. When Christendom took over Alexandria, she was murdered/flayed alive(?) by a mob of Christian monks, which marked the End of Reason. Her writings have all been lost. (Painting by Raphael, School of Athens, detail)

(AGORA is the most recent film about her life. Watch trailer.)

julie 超辣

Determined dreamer. Published author in English, Dutch, and Chinese. Former People’s Liberation Army (PLA) captain turned artist entrepreneur and screenwriter. She survived the Cultural Revolution as a baby. In the 1990’s she left for London and has lived and worked in free exile ever since. Her work covers a wide spectrum. As journalist, she creates content covering a range of topics on contemporary China from an insider perspective. In 2008, during the Beijing Olympics, she hosted a 5-episode talk show TV China for Netherlands’ national broadcaster and discussed China’s media landscape with media stars and experts from both China and the Netherlands. From 2013-2016 she was the Editor-in-Chief of the English/Chinese bilingual magazine XiN 新, focusing on today’s China shaped by consumerism. O’yang contributes a weekly column to Hoje Macau on contemporary Chinese art and culture. Her English language book titles include: Butterfly, a historical crime love story set in the Second World War. Since May 2016 O'yang has been collaborating with Flemish photographer Filip Naudts on an art project, which has resulted in the photo novel The Picture of Dorya Glenn. Julie works from the Netherlands and Denmark.

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