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Book Review: Waiting for the Dalai Lama

Annelie Rozeboom’s investigative book, which tries to find out what people living in Tibet really think, is reviewed at Overlooking Tibet.

What sparkles in this book are the real people Rozeboom met while traveling in China, Tibet, and India. In the West, we tend to think of the Tibet issue as being black and white, but this book colors in a bit of the gray areas, and brings forth people who lives are often forgotten.

We tend to see every Tibetan exile as someone who was either climbed across the mountains or was raised in India. We think of Tibetans inside Tibet being all monks and nuns and in constant suffering. What we don’t see are those Tibetans who have prospered in their homeland or in exile, those working for change and trying to do so within the structure that the CCP has put into place in Tibet. We don’t see those Tibetans who are leaders within the CCP, either with good or ill intentions.

Every story is important when it comes to the Tibet issue, and this book does a great job at illustrating some of the many stories that get overlooked. Rozeboom also references a lot of important books and people (from Rinchen Lhamo’s “We Tibetans” to Tuesday Lobsang Rampa, who is important for a really different and ridiculous reason) that would be a great starting point for anyone wishing to further their knowledge on Tibet and society’s view of Tibet and Tibetan culture.

Read the full review here.


“Hong Kong Noir” is flying high

We’re pleased to see Feng Chi-shun’s crime collection Hong Kong Noir featured in Discovery, Cathay Pacific’s inflight magazine! Click to see at larger size.

Tom Carter: video interview and new book

Watch this video interview with photographer Tom Carter in ChinaFile, the Asia Society’s online magazine.

Backpacking photographer Tom Carter somehow succeeded in circumnavigating over 35,000 miles (56,000 kilometers) across all 33 provinces in China during a 2-year period, the first foreigner on record ever to do so.

What Carter found along the way, and what his photographs ultimately reveal, is that China is not just one place, one people, but 33 distinct geographical regions populated by 56 different ethnicities, each with their own languages, customs and lifestyles.

Tom has also edited a new collection of China travel stories entitled Unsavory Elements — you can see pictures from the Hong Kong launch event in this Facebook album.


“My Private China” in Time Out

Time Out Hong Kong magazine reviews our latest book, My Private China:

When you sit down with Alex Kuo, you’re instantly put at ease. The acclaimed Chinese American author has a calming influence, an elegantly mannered way of speaking and a carefully relaxed tone.

And that, to us, is pretty surprising. Here’s a man who’s just launched his latest book, My Private China, in Hong Kong and it’s basically a tome which, through the use of letters, essays, fiction and even poetry, attempts to show the world many aspects of the Middle Kingdom – and Hong Kong, in places – which it would probably prefer to remain hidden. It’s a bold move.

See the full interview or read some excerpts from the book.

Book launch: Unsavory Elements — Stories of foreigners on the loose in China

Join us at the Hong Kong launch of Unsavory Elements: a riveting anthology of vivid stories and essays from some of the most celebrated writers to have ever lived in China.

“Westerners are flocking to the PRC in increasing numbers to chase their dreams even as Chinese emigrants seek their own dreams abroad. Life as an outsider in China has many sides to it — weird, fascinating and appalling, sometimes all together. We asked foreigners who live or have lived in China for a significant period to tell us a story of their experiences and 28 contributions resulted. It’s all about living, learning and loving in a land unlike any other in the world.”

The book was launched to a packed house at the Shanghai literary festival last month. Read a review. On May 23, five of the book’s authors — Tom Carter, Graham Earnshaw, Bruce Humes, Pete Spurrier and Nury Vittachi — will be talking about their China experiences at a panel event and booksigning in Hong Kong.

Date: Thursday May 23, 2013, 6.30-8.00pm

Place: Bookazine, 3/F, Prince’s Building, Central, Hong Kong

Free of charge, all welcome, wine will be served!

Book launch: My Private China, by Alex Kuo

What do normal people in China look forward to when they get up in the morning? What is the mentor of Lang Lang like? What about the personal friend of Chairman Mao – and how does his granddaughter relate to him after the murderous Cultural Revolution? What do the numerous evangelical Americans really think of the Chinese? How does the One Country, Two Systems paradigm work for Hong Kong?

For the last 73 years, American Book Award winner Alex Kuo has travelled back-and-forth between America and China. These letters and essays portray the private China, and provide indispensable cultural information for anyone interested in the People’s Republic in the 21st century.

Come and join us at the book launch for My Private China at 5-7pm on Saturday May 18 at Bookazine in Prince’s Building, Central, Hong Kong!

Alex Kuo will also be signing books at Kelly and Walsh in Pacific Place, Hong Kong, at 5.30pm on Monday May 20.

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