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16 November 2018

Book launch, November 24: Hong Kong Noir

2018-11-16T17:03:36+08:00November 16th, 2018|events, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

Join us at Bleak House Books in Kowloon on Saturday, November 24, for the launch of Hong Kong Noir -- an anthology of crime/mystery fiction set in different neighbourhoods throughout the city! Contributors Susan Blumberg-Kason, Jason Y. Ng, Marshall Moore, Christina Liang, James Tam, Ysabelle Cheung and Shannon Young will be talking about how they chose the locations for their [...]

14 September 2018

The Q List: the operations of Special Branch in Hong Kong’s GPO

2018-09-14T02:01:32+08:00September 14th, 2018|book excerpt|0 Comments

In this excerpted chapter from Hong Kong Confidential, author David T. K. Wong recounts his time as Hong Kong’s deputy postmaster general in 1980, and explains what scheme Special Branch were operating in the basement of the GPO.   Chapter 16 The Q List When I was installed as the Deputy Postmaster General at the General Post Office at Connaught [...]

14 September 2018

Book launch party: Sunset Survivors, Hong Kong, September 20th

2018-09-14T01:58:16+08:00September 14th, 2018|events, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

Sunset Survivors: Meet the people keeping Hong Kong’s traditional industries alive By Lindsay Varty, with photography by Gary Jones When: Thursday, September 20, 6-8pm Where: G.O.D., 48 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong Who: All welcome. Drinks will be served! Sunset Survivors tells the stories of Hong Kong’s traditional tradesmen and women through stunning imagery and candid interviews. Covering a myriad [...]

3 September 2018

Tin Hats and Rice: our oldest author publishes her Hong Kong prisoner-of-war diary

2018-09-03T01:40:18+08:00September 3rd, 2018|new books|0 Comments

This photo from Barbara Anslow was taken in December 1941, just hours before Hong Kong surrendered to Japan in the second world war. But the roll of photos was only developed in 1945, when she was released from three years and eight months of captivity in Stanley camp. Barbara tells her story in Tin Hats and Rice: A Diary of [...]

25 August 2018

Read, if you dare, this excerpt from “Chinese Ghosts”: Anatomy of a Legend

2019-03-04T17:00:44+08:00August 25th, 2018|book excerpt, new books|0 Comments

Here we present a chapter from Chinese Ghosts, Charles Emmons' cornucopia of ghost stories and experiences he collected in Hong Kong in the early 1980s. He updated the book for a new edition last year.   Chapter 9: Anatomy of a Legend This is a very interesting case that helps illustrate the social processes involved in rumor, and sometimes eventually [...]

6 August 2018

Street Life Hong Kong: A fisherman’s story

2018-08-05T04:00:34+08:00August 6th, 2018|book excerpt, hong kong|1 Comment

In this excerpt from Street Life Hong Kong, Aberdeen harbour fisherman Kwok Shu-Tai talks about his life and work in his own words. The interviews in the book were carried out by Nicole Chabot and are accompanied by photographs from Michael Perini. I KNOW EVERYBODY IN ABERDEEN and everybody here knows me. They call me by a nickname – ‘Ah-Q’, [...]

16 June 2018