Master of None
Hong Kong high-flyer overcame the devastating experience of imprisonment
AUTOBIOGRAPHY / HONG KONG
Does a man need a stint in jail to complete his life
From Stanley Prison,
corporate high-flyer John T. Hung recounts his life in a sweep of Hong
Kong history over five generations – from his family roots in the 19th
century through World War II to the present.
The story tracks the richness
of his mixed heritage and upbringing, his steady rise and precipitous fall
from the pinnacles of corporate Hong Kong to the life-destroying court
case and heartbreaking incarceration.
With wry and subtle humour,
Hung describes his colourful yet volatile life, interwoven into the
social, commercial, political and sporting tapestry of Hong Kong and South
Master of None is a
soulful exploration of human achievements, frailties, resilience in the
face of adversity, and above all, the importance of family support in
overcoming whatever fate may deal us.
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Hong Kong's Ming Pao newspaper featured an
in-depth interview with John Hung on Dec 11. Read it
here in its original Chinese, or
in English translation.
John Hung chats all about his rise and fall to Phil
Whelan on Radio 3's
John Batten reflects on Hung's views on local
heritage and Cantonese in
Hung, one of Hong Kong's most recognised taipans, was jailed for bribery
2-1/2 years ago, many saw it as an ignominious end. But today the man
himself has high hopes the fall heralds a new start. It
was during his incarceration that he started writing a book about his
life, which he spoke about yesterday at the Foreign Correspondents' Club
in Central." –
South China Morning Post
"How I write": John Hung in
Listen to a podcast or view a video of John
Hung's talk at the FCC at
The View From Here.