//Umbrellas in Bloom: Hong Kong’s occupy movement uncovered

Umbrellas in Bloom: Hong Kong’s occupy movement uncovered

$18.95

by Jason Y. Ng
with illustrations by Daniel Ng
and forewords by Joshua Wong and Chip Tsao

The Umbrella Movement put Hong Kong on the world map and elevated this docile, money-minded Asian island to a model for pro-democracy campaigns across the globe. Umbrellas in Bloom is the first book available in English to chronicle this history-making event, written by a bestselling author and columnist based on his firsthand account at the main protest sites.

Jason Y. Ng takes a no-holds-barred, fly-on-the-wall approach to covering politics. His latest offering steps through the 79-day struggle, from the firing of the first shot of tear gas by riot police to the evacuation of the last protester from the downtown encampments. It is all you need to know about the occupy movement: who took part in it, why it happened, how it transpired, and what it did and did not achieve.

Together with HONG KONG State of Mind (2010) and No City for Slow Men (2013), Umbrellas in Bloom forms a Hong Kong trilogy that traces the city’s sociopolitical development since its return to Chinese rule.

Look inside this book

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Introduction

The Breaking of Promises

Hong Kong 2.0

ISBN: 978-988-13765-3-4 Category: Tags: ,

Description

The Umbrella Movement put Hong Kong on the world map and elevated this docile, money-minded Asian island to a model for pro-democracy campaigns across the globe. Umbrellas in Bloom is the first book available in English to chronicle this history-making event, written by a bestselling author and columnist based on his firsthand account at the main protest sites. Jason Y. Ng takes a no-holds-barred, fly-on-the-wall approach to covering politics. His latest offering steps through the 79-day struggle, from the firing of the first shot of tear gas by riot police to the evacuation of the last protester from the downtown encampments. It is all you need to know about the occupy movement: who took part in it, why it happened, how it transpired, and what it did and did not achieve.

MEDIA ATTENTION

“With firsthand observations, timelines, charts and explanations of the semiautonomous Chinese territory’s arcane political system — an uneasy blend of the relics of undemocratic British colonial rule and new elements of undemocratic Chinese rule — Mr. Ng spells out what many Hong Kong people, particularly younger ones, are chafing against. … His new book, Umbrellas in Bloom, offers a vivid account of the street protests that paralyzed parts of Hong Kong for 79 days.” – Didi Kirsten Tatlow, New York Times

Jason spoke to RTHK Radio 3’s Noreen Mir. Listen to the interview here.

“The book – which has forewords by student leader Joshua Wong and political commentator Chip Tsao – will be particularly useful for English-language readers who were not able to follow the coverage of Chinese-language newspapers, read the signs of protestors, or understand their chants, and therefore missed some of the more nuanced messaging. In particular, Ng offers an easily digested explanation of Hong Kong’s Byzantine political system and how its disfunction led to the protests.” – South China Morning Post

“Hong Kong lawyer and author Jason Y. Ng has published the first English chronicle of the pro-democracy mass uprising that rocked Hong Kong in 2014. In Umbrellas in Bloom, Ng, who was born in the city but educated abroad, recounts the small and big moments which made and broke the Umbrella Movement.” – Hong Kong Free Press

The umbrella flowers blossomed and withered. Ng captures the lifecycle of the occupy movement with compassion and wit.” Benny Tai, co-founder of Occupy Central with Love and Peace

Ng’s authoritative account of the occupy movement is compelling and full of surprises. He combines a journalist’s precision with a Hong Konger’s passionate heart.”Zeb Eckert, anchor, Bloomberg Television

Insightful, accessible, and a hugely enjoyable read, Umbrellas in Bloom is jam-packed with eureka moments. The movement in all its vibrancy jumps off every page. It is essential reading for anybody wanting to understand the existential crisis currently engulfing Hong Kong.”Matthew Torne, director of Lessons in Dissent

Additional information

Dimensions130 x 208 mm
Pages

356

Binding

Paperback

Illustrations

24 black-and-white illustrations, 4 maps, 31 colour photographs

About the author

Born in Hong Kong, Jason Y. Ng is a globe-trotter who spent his entire adult life in Italy, the United States and Canada before returning to his birthplace to rediscover his roots. He is a full-time lawyer, a magazine columnist and a resident blogger for the South China Morning Post. His social commentary blog As I See It and leisure review site The Real Deal have attracted a cult following.

Jason has been featured at the Hong Kong Book Fair and the Hong Kong International Literary Festival. He has been profiled in Time Out, The Sun, SCMP, various other publications and numerous overseas blogs. Jason speaks frequently at local universities and art festivals. In addition to being a writer, he is also a social activist. He is an ambassador for Shark Savers’ FINished With FINs campaign and an outspoken supporter of foreign domestic helpers, new immigrants and other minority groups in Hong Kong.

Jason’s day job and personal interests make him a frequent traveler: over the years, he has visited over 100 cities in more than 35 countries. In 2011, he was named “Man of the Year” by Elle Men magazine, and in 2013 he was keynote speaker at the Harvard Club Book Prize award ceremony. He lives in Hong Kong.

Author’s websites
As I See It
The Real Deal