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Publisher Interview: Signal 8 Press

Signal 8 Press is a Hong Kong-based publisher founded in 2010 by American expat Marshall Moore. The name comes from the system used in Hong Kong to describe typhoons; a signal 8 warning is issued for a potentially hazardous typhoon and is greeted with celebration by most residents as it means […]

By |March 7th, 2018|Publisher interviews|0 Comments

Hong Kong on the Brink: An American Diplomat Relives 1967’s Darkest Days • Syd Goldsmith

Perhaps I’ve just been unlucky in the books I’ve read, but, heavens above, diplomats are among the very dullest of writers. They have a tendency to self-importance, unnecessary detail, and verbosity, and, although their professional life calls for a certain mastery of language, too often their skill for saying a […]

By |March 5th, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

City of Protest: A Recent History of Dissent in Hong Kong • Antony Dapiran

Even for those of us familiar with Hong Kong, the Umbrella Movement of 2014, which saw supposedly apathetic Hong Kongers occupying the heart of the city with mass sit-in protests, came as a big surprise. It shouldn’t have. Antony Dapiran’s City of Protest: A recent history of dissent in Hong […]

By |November 29th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Generation HK: Seeking Identity in China’s Shadow • Ben Bland

Generation HK is a fantastic read for anyone interested in contemporary Hong Kong or Taiwan. The former British colony is a weathervane – or supposed showcase – for Taiwan’s prospective future under the loving embrace of Motherland China’s “one country, two systems” principle. Unfortunate then that the PRC is like […]

By |August 15th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

AIEEYAAA! Learn Chinese the Hard Way: The English-Chinese Cartoon Dictionary • Larry Feign

It all started with a sex-crazed American expat asking an unsuspecting Hong Kong woman to strip. Well, kind of. Cartoonist Larry Feign had just moved to Hong Kong, and he and his wife, Cathy, were in the kitchen cooking. Feign asked her in Cantonese if she wanted some “choi sum” […]

By |December 16th, 2015|Reviews, Uncategorised|0 Comments

How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit? • Shannon Young (Editor)

How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit? True Stories of Expat Women in Asia explores the feminine side of expat life. Edited by Hong Kong-based writer Shannon Young, the anthology covers the stories of 26 women, mostly split between China, Hong Kong and Japan (from Tokyo to Fukushima), and differs […]

By |December 14th, 2015|Reviews, Uncategorised|0 Comments

Year of Fire Dragons • Shannon Young

Shannon Young’s Year of Fire Dragons begins and ends with a dragon dance celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival. What transpires in between is a delightful account of one year in a young American woman’s life in one of the most exciting and unique cities in the world. Like a museum tapestry […]

By |December 14th, 2015|Reviews, Uncategorised|0 Comments

Good Chinese Wife • Susan Blumberg-Kason

Good Chinese Wife, a memoir published by Sourcebooks, is a poignant tale that expats should enjoy about the overlap of China and the West. Susan Blumberg-Kason details her unfortunate marriage to a Chinese music scholar, as they meet while studying in Hong Kong and then travel to his hometown in […]

By |December 14th, 2015|Reviews, Uncategorised|0 Comments