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28 September 2011

Book launch: Don’t Joke on the Stairs

2016-11-24T01:14:21+08:00September 28th, 2011|authors, china, events, hong kong, new books|0 Comments

Cantonese can be difficult, and people are often put off learning it. But Norwegian Cantonese teacher Cecilie Gamst Berg has hit on the best strategy: she avoids boring classrooms and teaches Cantonese in the places you will actually need it -- in shops, taxis and bars. OK, mostly in bars, but sometimes in cha chaan teng (local Chinese cafés) too. [...]

27 July 2010

At the Cantonese protest in Guangzhou

2016-11-24T01:14:32+08:00July 27th, 2010|china, events|21 Comments

Two friends and I were the only foreigners present at a protest in Guangzhou on Sunday to defend the city's native language, Cantonese, from government policies to replace it with Putonghua (Mandarin). It was the first demonstration I've seen in China, and it almost didn't happen: the organizer was placed under house arrest the night before. The event [...]

19 May 2009

Book excerpt: King Hui

2019-06-16T18:35:20+08:00May 19th, 2009|book excerpt, hong kong|1 Comment

One of our bestselling titles from last year — King Hui: The Man Who Owned All The Opium In Hong Kong, by Jonathan Chamberlain — was chosen by Dymocks Booksellers last month as one of their 100 great reads of the decade. Below we print the first few pages of the book. Introduction This is the story of a man’s [...]