16 August 2021

An artist reveals what life was like inside the legendary Walled City of Kowloon

2021-08-14T20:52:17+08:00August 16th, 2021|hong kong, new books|0 Comments

A new book of photographs and artworks reveals the reality of the Walled City of Kowloon – an astonishing and unique place which was the most densely populated spot on Earth. The Walled City was built on a small parcel of land in Hong Kong that was disputed by Britain and China, which meant neither country exercised full jurisdiction there. [...]

26 July 2021

New book: Love, Money and Friendships, by David T. K. Wong

2021-07-29T19:33:25+08:00July 26th, 2021|china, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

Attention, readers of previous titles by Hong Kong writer David T. K. Wong: Volume 4 of his memoirs has just been published. In other news, Wong has been offered an honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of East Anglia in the UK for his contributions to literature. As far as we know, he is the only Hong Kong writer [...]

3 March 2021

Zoom event, March 3rd: Women, Crime and the Courts, Hong Kong 1841-1941

2021-03-03T07:04:20+08:00March 3rd, 2021|events, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

This free online talk is hosted by the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong. While women were filling the magistrates courts and prisons of the British Isles during the 19th century, a female criminal in Hong Kong was a rarity. Yet, often in response to the privations of grinding poverty, some did find themselves on the wrong side of the law. [...]

15 January 2021

A new book of true stories from Paul French: Destination Peking

2021-01-15T20:02:16+08:00January 15th, 2021|china, new books|0 Comments

Bestselling author Paul French returns to the Chinese capital in Destination Peking to tell 18 true stories of fascinating people who visited the city in the first half of the 20th century. From the ultra-wealthy Woolworths heiress Barbara Hutton and her husband the Russian emigré Prince Mdivani, to the poor “American girl” Mona Monteith who worked in the city as [...]

18 December 2020

Published today – Women, Crime and the Courts: Hong Kong 1841-1941

2020-12-18T17:22:08+08:00December 18th, 2020|hong kong, new books|0 Comments

Kwan Lai-chun was sick of being made to feel second-class by her husband’s concubine; sick of her mother-in-law’s endless carping about the money she spent; sick of the whole family. Late one sticky, humid night, something snapped in her – and she grabbed the meat chopper. Within minutes, three people were dead: the concubine with over 70 gashes, many of [...]

31 August 2020

Video: Nicholas Kitto explains his new book, “Trading Places” – a photographic journey through China’s former treaty ports

2020-08-29T20:48:18+08:00August 31st, 2020|authors, new books, publishing|0 Comments

Watch this video of Nicholas Kitto, author of the new Trading Places, a Photographic Journey Through China’s Former Treaty Ports, talking about his experiences which culminated in the publication of his book.   The presentation, to members of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong, explains how Nick became interested in China's Treaty Port era -- it started with his father [...]

16 July 2020

New book: Strangers on the Praia, by Paul French

2020-07-16T22:15:27+08:00July 16th, 2020|new books|0 Comments

Based on true stories and new research, Paul French weaves together the stories of those Jewish refugees who moved on from wartime Shanghai to seek a possible route to freedom via the Portuguese colony of Macao – “the Casablanca of the Orient”. The delicately balanced neutral enclave became their wartime home, amid Nazi and Japanese spies, escaped Allied prisoners from [...]

19 May 2020

New book: The Rise and Fall of the Hang Seng Index, by Jake van der Kamp

2020-05-18T22:31:01+08:00May 19th, 2020|new books|0 Comments

"Every adult human being is an investment expert. Life is an investment exercise and you are your own best investment adviser.” Jake van der Kamp is a native of the Netherlands, a citizen of Canada and a resident of Hong Kong. In his earlier years in Hong Kong he worked as an investment analyst and research director for Sun Hung [...]

1 April 2020

New book: Trading Places, a photographic journey through China’s former treaty ports

2020-04-01T17:07:58+08:00April 1st, 2020|china, new books|0 Comments

China’s treaty ports were cities along its coast and on major rivers which were forcibly opened to foreign trade by the Western powers, starting from the early 19th century. The treaty port era extended from then until 1943, and during this time foreigners had a significant presence in China. This new book contains more than 700 photographs of many buildings [...]

21 February 2020

New book: The Evergreen Tea House, a Hong Kong novel

2020-02-19T23:34:44+08:00February 21st, 2020|hong kong, new books|0 Comments

David Wong started his working life as a dishwasher in a Chinese restaurant before becoming a teacher, colonial bureaucrat, businessman, and a writer of short stories and novels. 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 [...]

20 February 2020

Video: “Spatial Cemetery” is a visual journey beneath the surface of hidden Hong Kong

2020-02-19T23:10:33+08:00February 20th, 2020|hong kong, media attention, new books|0 Comments

"Urbex" is shorthand for "urban exploration", and HK Urbex are a group of anonymous, adrenaline-fuelled explorers who investigate the hidden, abandoned and forgotten corners of Hong Kong. Their first book is out now. "HK Urbex is an underground collective that documents deserted, off-limits spaces, its photographers protecting their identities with hats, hoods, masks and pseudonyms," says the South China Morning [...]

21 October 2019

Join us at Kai-Yin Lo’s book launch on Saturday, Oct 26

2019-10-22T00:06:52+08:00October 21st, 2019|events, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

Designing a Life tells the inspiring story of Kai-Yin Lo, a determined Hong Kong woman born to a wealthy family who had to build her own future following an abrupt change in the family’s fortunes. “Kai-Yin is a polymath and a phenomenon, having seamlessly juggled an analytical career as a scholar, historian, teacher and editor, with the artistic and imaginative [...]

29 September 2019

Book launch and talk: Kai-Yin Lo at the Fine Art Asia fair, October 5

2019-09-29T22:59:25+08:00September 29th, 2019|events, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

You are invited to the launch of Kai-Yin Lo's autobiography at Fine Art Asia 2019 in Hong Kong. To launch Designing a Life: A Cross-Cultural Journey, Kai-Yin Lo will be in dialogue with Ms Suhanya Raffel, Executive Director of M+ Museum, and Dr Edmund Lee, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Design Centre. The talk will be moderated by Ms [...]

8 December 2018

Book signing in Hong Kong with Paul Letters, December 13: The Slightest Chance

2018-12-11T01:15:41+08:00December 8th, 2018|events, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

Please join us at Kidnapped Bookshop in Sai Kung for the launch of the second novel from Paul Letters: a Hong Kong wartime drama entitled The Slightest Chance! Hong Kong, 1941. Anglo-Australian civil servant Dominic Sotherly’s colonial sojourn in Hong Kong becomes complicated by his double life in both war and love. Enigmatic Englishwoman Gwen Harmison possesses secrets of her [...]

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

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 [...]