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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

Catch me if you can! Former money launderer Bruce Aitken tells his story at the FCC

2018-06-16T17:52:09+08:00June 16th, 2018|authors, events|0 Comments

In the 1980s, Bruce Aitken became one of the world’s most successful money launderers. What started innocently enough, by answering an ad in the newspaper, turned into a globe-trotting lifestyle of moving money – huge sums of money – for some of the world’s most notorious and shadiest characters. From the jungles of Vietnam to the money capitals of the [...]

30 May 2018

Royal Asiatic Society lecture, June 1: The Peak

2018-05-30T16:41:03+08:00May 30th, 2018|events, hong kong|2 Comments

The Peak is one of the most exclusive areas in Hong Kong. Here the affluent enjoy an idyllic lifestyle in mansions sited amongst the tropical vegetation which has grown up around them. It was not always like this and when the British took over Hong Kong the Peak was just one section of a “barren rock”. No one bothered with [...]

24 May 2018

New book: Hong Kong Confidential

2018-05-24T16:02:05+08:00May 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 [...]

18 May 2018

Only in Hong Kong

2018-05-17T23:22:17+08:00May 18th, 2018|authors|1 Comment

A message arrives from David Nunan, author of Other Voices, Other Eyes: Expatriate Lives in Hong Kong... I’m sitting in a restaurant that featured in Other Voices. In the book, it’s described as follows: The restaurant, a Spanish tapas bar, is run by a father and son team from Katmandu. Actually, the restaurant largely runs itself while the father and [...]

9 April 2018

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

2018-04-22T22:50:46+08:00April 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+08:00March 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 [...]

19 March 2018

What is an expat, and what is an immigrant?

2018-03-19T15:40:14+08:00March 19th, 2018|authors, media attention|0 Comments

Why do people come to Hong Kong, and why do they often plan a stay of three weeks and then stay for 20 years? David Nunan has interviewed 74 residents to try to get an idea of what they have gained from Hong Kong, and how it has changed them. These were 38 men and 36 women, ranging in age [...]

16 March 2018

March 2018 newsletter: New book about the Peak; Book launch of Hong Kong expat tales; Lots of author podcasts

2019-04-29T20:42:50+08:00March 16th, 2018|events, new books, publishing|0 Comments

Share If you cannot view this email, please Click Here to view an online version. Unsubscribe/Update Profile | Share With Friends | Subscribe Blacksmith Books, Hong Kong NewsletterMarch 2018 New book: The Peak: An Illustrated History of Hong Kong’s Top District The Peak: An Illustrated History of Hong Kong’s Top Districtby Richard J. GarrettPart of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong [...]

26 February 2018