Author and blogger Jason Y. Ng has a knack for making the familiar both fascinating and funny. Three years after his bestselling début HONG KONG State of Mind, the razor-sharp observer returns with a sequel that is bigger and every bit as poignant.
No City for Slow Men is a collection of 36 essays that examine some of the pressing social, cultural and existential issues facing Hong Kong. It takes us from the gravity-defying property market to the plunging depths of old age poverty, from the storied streets of Sheung Wan to the beckoning island of Cheung Chau, from the culture-shocked Western expat to the misunderstood Mainland Chinese and the disenfranchised foreign domestic worker. The result is a treatise on Hong Kong life that is thought-provoking, touching and immensely entertaining.
Join us on Thursday 28th November, 6.30-8.00pm, at Bookazine in Prince’s Building, Central, and get your signed copy!
Rachel Cartland came to Hong Kong in 1972 as one of just two female expatriates in the Hong Kong Government’s elite administrative grade.
Before she retired in 2006, her life was shaped by the momentous events that rocked Hong Kong during those action-packed years: corruption and the police mutiny, the growth of the new towns, the currency crisis of 1983, Tiananmen Square, the change of sovereignty and the devastation of SARS. The backdrop to her story ranges from Kowloon’s infamous Walled City to Government House to the rural New Territories.
Paper Tigress is full of humour and incident and, at the same time, an accessible account of modern Hong Kong and the forces that shaped it.
Join us for a glass of wine as we launch the book!
When: 6.30pm-8pm, Thursday November 21st
Where: Bookazine, 3/F Prince’s Building, Central, Hong Kong
More info: 2522 1785 or email@example.com
Our artist Lorette Roberts, currently in Hong Kong and signing books at Dymocks Sai Kung tomorrow, is featured in the SCMP’s Young Post.
Her passion for drawing dates back to her childhood. “As a child, I drew before I wrote. I used to draw a picture when I couldn’t spell a word,” she says.
She first got hooked on Asia, and Hong Kong in particular, at boarding school in Britain. “My best friend was from Hong Kong. I heard so much about the city that I felt like I’d lived there too,” she says.
Despite her passion and talent, she wasn’t able to study art in college. Instead, she trained and worked as a nurse. Roberts returned to painting after becoming a mother, and published her first book in 2004. Her books have been selling well ever since. To this day, she can’t believe she earns a living from following her passion.
Read the full story here.
Our favourite artist Lorette E. Roberts will be signing copies of her book Sketches of Sai Kung on Saturday 19th October, 10am-1pm, at the Dymocks bookshop in Sai Kung town.
Address: 7 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung, N.T., tel 2791 9110. Hope to see you there!
The World Policy Journal has published this wide-ranging interview with Alex Kuo, the author of My Private China.
Your newest book, My Private China, is a remarkable glimpse into the vibrancy and diversity of China today. You’ve described the book as showing us, “the good, the bad, and the ugly,” of contemporary China. What was it about these negative elements that fascinated you into scrutinizing them the way you do?
I believe that one of the many responsibilities of serious writers is to look critically at the culture of their environment. The writer is in other words both a documentarian and critic simultaneously. Newspapers and magazines can only give us a partial understanding of an experience. This must be what the wonderful writer Simon Ortiz meant when he said, “If it’s fiction, you better believe it,” because the other approaches are incomplete at best and misleading at worst.
In this context then, I’m convinced we can tell as much about people by looking at their failures, shortcomings, and lies, as we can from their dreams and accomplishments, which can in turn also be grand lies.
What I’m saying then, is that there is something about serious literature that does not comfort us, pat us on the back to assure us that we are all right and believe in the same right things or that the sun will rise again tomorrow; it must challenge us, take us out of our comfort zone, shake us up and demand that we stop and start thinking about it in this different way, to do some mischief.