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14 September 2018

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

2018-09-14T01:58:16+00:00September 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 [...]

6 August 2018

Street Life Hong Kong: A fisherman’s story

2018-08-05T04:00:34+00:00August 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’, [...]

24 May 2018

New book: Hong Kong Confidential

2018-05-24T16:02:05+00:00May 24th, 2018|hong kong, new books|2 Comments

A former senior Chinese Administrative Officer has at long last lifted another little corner of the veil of half-truths and anodyne official releases which hitherto shrouded many of the decisions and evasions under the long Hong Kong governorship of Sir Murray MacLehose. David T. K. Wong — who started working life as a dishwasher in a Chinese restaurant at the [...]

9 April 2018

In pictures: the history of Hong Kong’s Victoria Peak

2018-04-22T22:50:46+00:00April 9th, 2018|hong kong, media attention|0 Comments

Our new book The Peak: An Illustrated History of Hong Kong’s Top District has just been reviewed in the South China Morning Post. The area’s evolution is brought to life in The Peak through the use of an impressive 140 pictures, including early paintings showing The Peak towering over the young colony, photographs of the first Peak mansions such as The [...]

21 March 2018

Book excerpt: One for the road

2018-03-21T03:04:24+00:00March 21st, 2018|book excerpt, hong kong|0 Comments

From Other Voices, Other Eyes by David Nunan Chapter 4 One for the road Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, she became a butterfly. — Barbara Haines Howett She was feeling the strain before they left Yung Shue Wan Main Street. They had left the Central Ferry Pier late, all because of Howard, who had been detained [...]

26 February 2018

Book launch: 香港二十, March 3

2018-02-25T18:57:35+00:00February 26th, 2018|events, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

Both the English and Chinese editions of PEN Hong Kong's anthology Hong Kong 20/20: Reflections on a borrowed place are now available at Kubrick bookshop in Yau Ma Tei! The Chinese version, titled 香港二十, will be launched at Kubrick at 4pm on Saturday March 3. The bookshop is next to the Broadway Cinematheque on Public Square Street. Find out more here.

22 February 2018

The early history of Hong Kong’s Naval Dockyard Police

2018-02-22T23:27:16+00:00February 22nd, 2018|events, hong kong, publishing|0 Comments

Come to the Hong Kong Maritime Museum at 4.00pm on Saturday February 24 and hear Patricia O'Sullivan tell the little-known story of the Hong Kong Naval Dockyard Police Force. The history of the force doesn’t suffer so much from lost documentation as from the lack of any in the first place. At some point in the 1850s it emerged by [...]

25 January 2018

Hong Kong crime files: the siege of Gresson Street

2018-02-13T13:28:47+00:00January 25th, 2018|hong kong, media attention, publishing|0 Comments

The Gresson Street gunfight happened in Wan Chai 100 years ago this week. Why has it been forgotten for so long? Patricia O'Sullivan has spent a decade digging out the full story for her book, Policing Hong Kong – An Irish History. Now, Stuart Heaver has written a feature about the event. A running gunfight was now played out in [...]

8 November 2017

November 15: Book launch for The Tiger Hunters of Tai O and The Green Phoenix

2017-11-08T06:54:31+00:00November 8th, 2017|authors, events, hong kong|0 Comments

Join us for the sixth edition of "Meet the Authors" at Bookazine! Don't miss the chance to talk to two great writers: John Saeki, author of a colourful and alternative portrait of Hong Kong in the 1950s, The Tiger Hunters of Tai O; and Alice Poon, author of a historical novel about Empress Dowager Xiaozhuang, The Green Phoenix. When: Wednesday [...]

8 November 2017

Book talk, November 9: Pot-shots at the Hong Kong Police

2017-11-08T15:38:20+00:00November 8th, 2017|authors, events, hong kong|0 Comments

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 [...]

29 September 2017

John Saeki: How I wrote ‘The Tiger Hunters of Tai O’

2017-10-21T20:10:53+00:00September 29th, 2017|authors, hong kong, new books|2 Comments

Author John Saeki talks us through the process of writing his new novel, The Tiger Hunters of Tai O. The Tiger Hunters of Tai O came into existence as a direct result of hiking on Lantau island. Hikes are a great way of putting yourself in touch with places that have resisted change over the decades. You can walk off [...]

15 September 2017

David Leffman talks about the Mercenary Mandarin: Sep 20

2017-09-15T00:10:04+00:00September 15th, 2017|events, hong kong|0 Comments

Come and hear author David Leffman talk about the “Mercenary Mandarin” at the Royal Geographical Society next week (Wednesday September 20th, 6.30pm, in Central, Hong Kong). In his talk, Leffman covers the extraordinary life of Victorian adventurer William Mesny, who spent most of his adult life in China, becoming a smuggler, a prisoner of the Taiping rebels, an arms dealer [...]

14 July 2017

PEN Hong Kong publishes a book to mark the 20th anniversary of the handover

2017-07-14T01:37:55+00:00July 14th, 2017|hong kong, new books, publishing|0 Comments

Press release PEN HONG KONG PUBLISHES BOOK TO MARK 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF HANDOVER — BRINGS TOGETHER CITY’S WRITERS AND ARTISTS TO DEFEND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION Hong Kong 20/20: Reflections on a borrowed place (Blacksmith Books, July 2017) HONG KONG — To mark the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong from Great Britain to China, PEN Hong Kong presents [...]

14 June 2017

June 15: seven Hong Kong authors discuss the 20th anniversary of the handover

2017-06-14T06:05:19+00:00June 14th, 2017|authors, events, hong kong|2 Comments

Come and meet seven Hong Kong authors -- Rachel Cartland, Larry Feign, Feng Chi-shun, Peter Mann, Jason Ng, Graham Reels and Guy Shirra -- as they celebrate, discuss and debate the 20 years that have passed since Hong Kong's handover to China in 1997. Thursday June 15, 6pm-7.30pm, at Bookazine in Prince's Building, Central. Free entry, and wine will be [...]

25 May 2017

June 1: Syd Goldsmith launches his 1967 riots memoir “Hong Kong on the Brink”

2017-05-25T02:43:13+00:00May 25th, 2017|events, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

Syd Goldsmith’s first taste of China’s Cultural Revolution is blood on his tongue. It’s 1967. Hong Kong is simmering, plagued by communist-led riots and strikes, crippled transport, punishing water-rationing, takeover threats from Beijing and roadside bombs. And Syd — the only Caucasian Foreign Service Officer at the American Consulate General who speaks Cantonese — is made responsible for reporting and [...]

11 May 2017

Podcast: Hong Kong on the Brink, An American Diplomat Relives 1967’s Darkest Days

2017-05-11T18:38:55+00:00May 11th, 2017|authors, hong kong, media attention, new books|0 Comments

Fifty years ago today, Syd Goldsmith was almost beaten to death by an angry mob in Hong Kong. On May 11, 1967, amid rumours of unrest at a factory, Syd, then a young US diplomat on his first offshore posting, was sent out into the streets to get a first-hand look. He quickly found himself in deep trouble amid the [...]