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The Evergreen Tea House: A Hong Kong Novel

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In the wake of the Hong Kong protests, memories of the colonial past are fading. This new edition of David T. K. Wong’s sweeping historical novel brings the past vividly to life.

The Evergreen Tea House is a deftly crafted, provocative and poignant tale which blends mismatched love and twisted ambition with political intrigue and diplomatic mendacity. Set in Hong Kong during the twilight years of British rule, the characters live through tumultuous events – the Japanese occupation, the Korean War, the Cultural Revolution – and the emotional trauma associated with the Sino-British Joint Declaration, which precipitated Hong Kong’s handover to China.

The unique and noteworthy element of this novel, beyond its strong evocation of time and place and its careful melding of facts with fiction, is its interpretation of historical events through a Chinese perspective.

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The Evergreen Tea House is a deftly crafted, provocative and poignant tale – blending mismatched love and twisted ambition with political intrigue and diplomatic mendacity. Set in Hong Kong during the twilight years of British rule, the characters live through tumultuous events – the Japanese occupation, the Korean War, the Cultural Revolution and the emotional trauma associated with the Sino-British Joint Declaration. The unique and noteworthy element of this novel, beyond its strong evocation of time and place and its careful melding of facts with fiction, is its interpretation of historical events through a Chinese perspective.

MEDIA ATTENTION

“David Wong is a brilliant observer of the tradition versus modernity problem, which had dogged China since the end of the 19th century … He also brings his own experience as a (very senior) Hong Kong civil servant into the story with illuminating anecdotes. There is a great deal to be learnt in this novel, as one races through the many-layered stories. And one is left with a strong sense of the author as a deep thinker and a man of high principles.” – Dr Frances Wood, Curator of the Chinese Collections at the British Library, in the Royal Society for Asian Affairs Journal

“David Wong has all the powers of empathy that a novelist requires above all other virtues. . . . It is the breadth and detail of the political picture and the imaginative involvement of contrasting and opposing points of view that give this novel its fascination.” – Jeremy Trafford, PEN International Magazine

Additional information

Weight750 g
Dimensions152 × 225 mm
Pages

400

Binding

Paperback

About the author

David T. K. Wong was born in Hong Kong and has degrees in political science and journalism from Stanford. His short stories have appeared in magazines in the United States, Britain, Hong Kong and other Asian countries. Many of his stories have been broadcast on radio: by the BBC in Britain, RTHK in Hong Kong and other stations in Ireland, Holland and Belgium.

He is the founder of the annual David T. K. Wong Fellowship in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in the UK, and is now resident in Malaysia. His website is at http://davidtkwong.net/.