Of course there is no single Asian language. But plenty of vogue words from this booming continent are entering English.
Did you know there is a flower named after former North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il? The Chinese have a word – shengnu, literally leftover – for the new phenomenon of unmarried women over thirty. Can you tell your jeepney from your jilbab, or yakuza from the yellowshirts? These are just some of the hundreds of words that illuminate little corners of life and culture in a pan-Asian selection of keywords from the zeitgeist.
Look inside this book! Click on the following link to read pages from The Dictionary of the Asian Language. Aaiiiyah! to Ayutthaya
November 9 book talk: Pot-shots at the Police
Under-resourced and ill-prepared, three constables at the squalid Police Station on Cheung Chau stood no chance against a ruthless pirate gang in 1912. Five more policemen lost their lives in a bloodbath in Wan Chai that might have been averted. But travel forward just a little and the outcome at a hold-up in Canton Road is very different.
These three incidents, spread over 11 years in the early 20th century, were some of the most significant events for the Hong Kong Police Force. Using material from her book Policing Hong Kong – an Irish History, Patricia O’Sullivan will revisit the infamous crime scenes and sketch some of the consequences and outcomes for Hong Kong’s police.
When: Thursday 9 November, 6.15pm for 7pm Where:Cafe 8, above the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Pier 8, Central, Hong Kong Admission: Royal Asiatic Society members HK$150, non-members HK$200 Welcome drinks / light meal / snacks at Café 8 are included Booking: Please email email@example.com reserve your place and pay at reception
November 11: the authors of Hong Kong 20/20 at the HK International Literary Festival
PEN Hong Kong brought together some of the city’s most prominent literary and creative minds to reflect on the Fragrant Harbour’s post-colonial development in an anthology of essays, poems, fiction and artwork that marks the 20th anniversary of the handover.
Come and hear some of the contributors to Hong Kong 20/20: Reflections on a Borrowed Place read from their pieces in their own voices. Moderated by Simon Westcott.