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Nothing To ValueNothing To Value by Carl Cheng Chi Ming

This monograph, complied by the artist himself, documents all projects done from 2006 to 2014 with dialogues between artists and scholars, philosophy and art critique written by professors, art critics and artists. Nothing to Value ambitiously questions the destructive nature of human civilization such as the development of urbanity, capitalism, communication and technology. Carl Cheng Chi Ming is one of the most active contemporary Hong Kong artist who is widely known for his large scale site-specific installations.

Hong Kong/ China Photographers Eight: Julian Lee By Calvin HuiHong Kong/ China Photographers Eight: Julian Lee By Calvin Hui by Hui, Calvin

Movie stars from the 80s, from gay icon to decadent abandon; lonesome gaze on strangers and encounters; nude male a la Michelangelo; religious objects of spiritual redemption and desire; meditative landscapes after the photographer's cancer. A perfumed gala of visual senses from the Mishima look of Zhang Yi Mou to a phallic memento mori. The 102 photos in this retrospective transform the gallery into an empire of sensuality that defines the obsession of Julian Lee.

Hazel Brown: A Very Special VetHazel Brown: A Very Special Vet by Jupy James

This is a picture and story book for young children. The detailed and bright water-colour illustrations bring to life to an endearing story. Hazel James is an ordinary young girl and aspiring vet who happens one day to discover a way to fulfil her greatest dream. The story is gently paced, with humour and a trace of mystery to leave the reader enjoying the space between reality and childhood dreams.

Perilous Passage Of Princess Petunia Peasant, ThePerilous Passage Of Princess Petunia Peasant, The by Victor Edward Apps

Teen activist Pet Peasant has no time for administrative red tape. All she wants is an audience with the high regent. Without changes in the law, her village will suffer. With her best friends, Pet sets off on a journey to the centre of power. But events spiral out of control quickly. Pet's quest takes her across the realm, through a murky swamp tyrannized by an outlandish master and eerie woods twisted by dark magic. As the stakes rise, her friends fall, and the drums of war sound louder, an incredible and inescapable truth dawns on Pet.

University DaysUniversity Days by Solomon, Laura

This is one of a series of young adult novellas, set in London. Twins, Olivia and Melanie, are now aged eighteen. Studious Olivia and her boyfriend Bevin are studying at Imperial College; rebellious Melanie at the Royal Academy of Music. Each responds differently to a new environment, new friends and new studies. Their home lives also are full of changes.

Chinese Wet Market Handbook, The: A Guide To Shopping At Hong Kong's Fresh Food MarketsChinese Wet Market Handbook, The: A Guide To Shopping At Hong Kong's Fresh Food Markets by Shookman, Pam

Have you ever wondered about that wacky-looking fruit staring back at you in the local wet market? Or did you want to know how to cook a particular Chinese vegetable, but don't have the language skills? This pocket-sized guidebook, designed to be taken out shopping with you, identifies fresh produce commonly found at food markets. Originally published in 2012 as "Roots, Fruits, Shoots and Leaves".

Street Life Hong Kong: Outdoor Workers In Their Own WordsStreet Life Hong Kong: Outdoor Workers In Their Own Words by Chabot, Nicole; Michael Perini

Hong Kong is famous for its bustling streets. In this book we the people who provide it the colour - a flower seller, a street musician and a tram driver; a bouncer, a shoeshiner and a gas canister delivery man; a site foreman and a lifeguard; one man who climbs bamboo scaffolding for a living, and a woman who ferries visitors around the harbour on a sampan. They tell their life stories in their own words. Sharp black-and-white portraits immerse the reader in the dynamic streetscape of Hong Kong.

In VitroIn Vitro by Solomon, Laura

In Vitro is the debut poetry collection of prize-winning poet, Laura Solomon. It covers a wide range of topics: the prophetess Pythia, England's Guy Fawkes, an alternative reality for New Zealand writer Janet Frame, earthquakes, in vitro experiments, spiders, tigers, vampire bats. The themes are universal. Several of the poems have been placed in UK literary competitions and some have appeared in a number of international literary magazines, including Aesthetica, Broadsheet, Frost Writing, Sentinel, The Shop, Landfall, and the London Poetry Festival Anthology.

Paper Tigress: A Life In The Hong Kong GovernmentPaper Tigress: A Life In The Hong Kong Government by Cartland, Rachel

Rachel Cartland came to Hong Kong in 1972 as one of just two female expatriates in the Hong Kong Government's elite administrative grade. Before she retired in 2006, her life was shaped by the momentous events that rocked Hong Kong during those years. The backdrop to her story ranges from Kowloon's infamous Walled City to Government House to the rural New Territories. Paper Tigress is full of humour and incident and, at the same time, an accessible account of modern Hong Kong and the forces that shaped it.

Taste Of Old Hong Kong, The: Recipes And Memories From 30 Years On The China CoastTaste Of Old Hong Kong, The: Recipes And Memories From 30 Years On The China Coast by Schneiter, Fred

Reminiscences and recipes of favourite international and regional dishes from households, fancy restaurants and back lanes which you can enjoy today in Hong Kong, that classy old gal who will forever reign as the Queen of Cuisine for all who knew her when she was the jewel of the British Empire. The tantalizing cuisines and tempting cookpot scents of that earlier time remain. Bestselling author Fred Schneiter shares a nostalgic romp back into that earlier era which has faded into treasured memories and photos.

Mila The MagicianMila The Magician by Zhang Jian

Bilingual historical fiction for young adults, set in Tibet. Mila the Magician tells the adventures of a young man, Mila, who leaves home to learn black magic. After overcoming many difficulties, he becomes a powerful sorcerer. An adventure story; it is also a tale of revenge, as it delves into the psychology and ramifications of vengeance. But successful revenge does not make Mila happy. He is deeply remorseful as he has harmed many innocent people. In penitence, he turns to Buddhsim, and eventually he becomes a great saint.

Red Bird SummerRed Bird Summer by Pearson, Jan

Pearl Green and Karen Henderson are two successful Hong Kong women, whose old friendship brings them back together after many years to set up an archaeological project for Pearl's philanthropic organisation. Karen, an archaeologist acclaimed for her work in Southeast Asia, is injured during a robbery at the Hong Kong Archaeological Museum. The lives of Pearl and her friends come under threat. Pearl seeks help from three men: her father, the powerful Sir James Gates; the mysterious Hong Kong businessman, Yip Yee Koon and the former British China Watcher, Peter Benson. Together, they masterfully untangle the many threads of murder and intrigue that run through this story.

Odds And SodsOdds And Sods by Gray, Lawrence

This is a collection of short stories and essays from Lawrence Gray, a much-loved screenplay-writer. The work is unpredictable and varied. The items range from straightforward tales in classic short story format to work that are more experimental in nature.

Rain On The Pacific CoastRain On The Pacific Coast by Elbert Siu Ping Lee

Rain on the Pacific Coast is a tapestry of human experience in which desires and passing worlds criss-cross, collude, and collide. Each poem is a tiny spark that flies off in various types of encounter, giving significance and illumination to seemingly brief and mundane moments of daily existence.

Shadows In DefermentShadows In Deferment by Linder, Birgit Bunzel

A distinguished single-author poetry collection in free verse. The poet is serious in understanding people, relationships, languages, cultures, religions and the meaning of existence. The poems are lyrical and analytical, showing great skill in language. They refer to international and local events and personalities, ideas and philosophies

Chasing Light: A Collection Of PoemsChasing Light: A Collection Of Poems by Patricia Glinton-Meicholas

This is Patricia's third book of poetry. A challenging and controversial complexitity of opinion pervades the collection, accurately signalled by the double-entendre of the title.

In Time Of War: Lt. Cmdr. Henry C.S. Collingwood-Selby, R.N. (1898-1992) And OthersIn Time Of War: Lt. Cmdr. Henry C.S. Collingwood-Selby, R.N. (1898-1992) And Others by Collingwood-Selby, Richard; Gillian Bickley (Eds.)

In Time of War shows how a British naval officer, confined during World War 2 as a POW in Hong Kong, engaged his mind during those three and a half years. There are talks he gave to other POWs, drawings and essays, transcripts from his diary for the year immediately leading up to his wounding and imprisonment, some correspondence with family and friends, and official documents; both those relating to his recall to naval service in 1939 and those retiring him from naval service in 1945 after the war.

ResidueResidue by Heijnen, Marcel

This is photography. No double exposures or Photoshopping; just pure photography. Asia-based Dutch artist Marcel Heijnen has developed a simple yet unique method to capture and present an alternate visual reality of our world using just a camera and an untreated clear glass panel. He roams Asia's urban centres to find weathered walls, places a large glass pane in front of them, and then waits for the light to hit nearby buildings just so. For a fleeting moment, he can capture their reflections while the patina of the wall behind it steals through. Two realities collapsed into one in a single moment.

Transpose: Contemporary Ink Paintings By Koon Wai BongTranspose: Contemporary Ink Paintings By Koon Wai Bong by Ting Wing Yan, Vivian (Ed.)

In collaboration with the Museum of East Asian Art, Koon Wai Bong, the Hong Kong ink artist, establishes an introspective exploration that presents his unique vision of contemporary ink art. The well-established artist, Koon, has been immersed in the tradition of brush and ink, while remaining open to artistic media and notions from various cultures. To mediate different notions about aesthetics and creative practices, Koon builds an interesting dialogue with the museum collection and looks into traditional aesthetics, literati values, and formal expressions of Chinese art. The dialogues enable the artist to review his own notion of contemporary ink works and how one might become enriched by the repository of Chinese cultures. This illustrated book explores Koon's artistic reflections on the museum collection and his artistic achievements in the wider context of contemporary ink painting through essay and text by local art historians, curators, and critics.

Harmony: Synergy Between Tradition & The Contemporary Chinese Calligraphy And Seal EngravingHarmony: Synergy Between Tradition & The Contemporary Chinese Calligraphy And Seal Engraving by Lau, Daniel C.K.

The concept of harmony has always resonated through every aspect of China's long cultural history. In this collection, Dr Daniel CK Lau continues and extends the tradition in an innovative, contemporary vein. The large-scale calligraphic installation 'Harmony (cat. no. 1)' provides the vehicle for an exploration of script styles ranging from ancient to modern times. Through this work and others from the past decade, Lau strives to integrate past and present to create a fresh aesthetic with its roots in tradition.