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Taxi ArtTaxi Art by West, Allison Haworth

Taxi Art is a celebration of the 'art' on the dashboards of Hong Kong taxis. After many years of shooting and the many adventures and that went with it, Allison West has produced a book of images that portrays the 'worlds' that are created inside their taxis by taxi drivers on their dashboards and hanging from their rear view mirrors. The art of the Hong Kong taxi is a cultural phenomenon. Whether it is a superhero, a cartoon character, a religious icon, a plant, some fresh jasmine or just a line up of multiple phones in stands - many of the dashboards of Hong Kong taxis tell a story. Sometimes carefully curated, other times haphazardly placed, they are part of the driver's world that they share with their passengers.

Catkaling: Bubble InstantsCatkaling: Bubble Instants by Leung, Catherine

Bubble Instants is an experimental photography book, with all the photographs taken from bubbles. Human eyes can hardly see any patterns of the bubbles, but Leung spent her time in experimenting them with many different ways. The outcomes are spectacular. As a poet herself, she complements the photos with poems.

Love Is Wild: Portraits On The EdgeLove Is Wild: Portraits On The Edge by Lee, Sean Davis

Lee-Davies has spent the last four years travelling across Africa and Asia, documenting endangered wildlife and meeting with leading conservationists such as Jane Goodall, Dame Daphne Sheldrick and Richard Bonham. Top Chinese models and actresses Jennifer Tse, Gaile Lok, Mikki Yao, and Jocelyn and Anthony Sandstrom have joined Lee-Davies on a number of expeditions, being photographed in extreme conditions up close to rhinos, elephants, lions and whale sharks.

Layers Between, TheLayers Between, The by Claase, Celia

In this volume of poetry, natural phenomena such as Matter, Water and Space are given their own voices; Philosophical concepts like Entropy, Consciousness and Information are allowed to speak for themselves; 'Yin and Yan' and the biblical figure 'Eve' narrate their own stories. By employing recognized scientific findings to introduce a fresh, some may call fantastical, hypothesis, the writer defamiliarises the origins of our universe, the workings of our bodies, of our minds and life itself. There are poems that draw the reader back into everyday life and its many speculative questions, by taking a closer look at the transient state of nature under the influence of time; how humans nestle into the spaces that matter provides; our attraction to and curiosity about the surreal and the spiritual; and how everything that has been mentioned is nothing but recycled works of art.

Snow Bridge And Other Stories, TheSnow Bridge And Other Stories, The by Chatting, Philip

The settings of the stories here are drawn from a life spent in many countries. Several focus intently on a particular relationship: that between a husband and wife, mother and daughter, brothers, friends, partners, climbing-buddies, employer and employee; the relationship with an inner self; putative relationships that never quite begin, and relationships with a location, or the inhabitants of a small town. Other stories explore the long-term expatriate's dilemma of engaging with a place not his or her own at the price of diminishing intimacy with the country of his or her birth. The impact of the collection may prompt readers to reflect on the nature of their own relationships and the place we each occupy in our own worlds.

Umbrellas In Bloom: Hong Kong's Occupy Movement UncoveredUmbrellas In Bloom: Hong Kong's Occupy Movement Uncovered by Ng, Jason Y.

The Umbrella Movement put Hong Kong on the world map and elevated this docile, money-minded Asian island to a model for pro-democracy campaigns across the globe. Umbrellas in Bloom is the first book available in English to chronicle this history-making event, based on Jason Ng's firsthand account at the main protest sites. He steps through the 79-day struggle, from the firing of the first shot of tear gas by riot police to the evacuation of the last protester from the downtown encampments. It is all you need to know about the occupy movement: who took part in it, why it happened, how it transpired, and what it did and did not achieve. Together with Hong Kong State of Mind (2010) and No City for Slow Men (2013), Umbrellas in Bloom forms a Hong Kong trilogy that traces the city's sociopolitical development since its return to Chinese rule.

Kitchen Tiles: A Collection Of Salty, Wet Stories From The Bar-Rooms Of Hong KongKitchen Tiles: A Collection Of Salty, Wet Stories From The Bar-Rooms Of Hong Kong by Roberts, Lorette

The Cantonese call anyone lecherous, and anything salacious, harm sup - literally salty and wet. And the code word for all things harm sup is "kitchen tiles." Anyone who has stepped into a Chinese kitchen knows it is like a war zone, with broth and condiments spilt all over the place; hence the tiles are deemed salty and wet. Kitchen Tiles looks at the lascivious aspects of Hong Kong society. These 50 stories of gamblers, drinkers, masseuses and millionaires are based on the real-life experiences of Feng Chi-shun, author of Diamond Hill. Names and circumstances may have been changed, but the sentiment and spirit remain authentically Hong Kong.

Sketches Of The Southside: Aberdeen Harbour And Repulse Bay To Stanley Market And Shek OSketches Of The Southside: Aberdeen Harbour And Repulse Bay To Stanley Market And Shek O by Roberts, Lorette

Hong Kong's Southside - the glimmering stretch of coastline from Aberdeen, through Repulse Bay, Stanley and Tai Tam, to Shek O - is a weekend paradise of restaurants, markets and beaches. These attractions are all captured by Lorette Roberts in this book but, in her familiar style, she has discovered much more. There are vignettes of the old villages; sketches from visits to Ocean Park, two museums and a pristine marine reserve; a sampan trip around Aberdeen Harbour, and a secret tunnel to underground wine cellars. Whether you are a resident or a first-time tourist, this book will introduce you to new and delightful aspects of the Southside.

No City For Slow Men: Hong Kong's Quirks And Quandaries Laid BareNo City For Slow Men: Hong Kong's Quirks And Quandaries Laid Bare by Ng, Jason Y.

Author and blogger Jason Y. Ng has a knack for making the familiar both fascinating and funny. Three years after his bestselling debut Hong Kong State of Mind, the razor-sharp observer returns with a sequel that is bigger and every bit as poignant. No City for Slow Men is a collection of 36 essays that examine some of the pressing social, cultural and existential issues facing Hong Kong. It takes us from the gravity-defying property market to the plunging depths of old age poverty, from the storied streets of Sheung Wan to the beckoning island of Cheung Chau, from the culture-shocked Western expat to the misunderstood Mainland Chinese and the disenfranchised foreign domestic worker. The result is a treatise on Hong Kong life that is thought-provoking, touching and immensely entertaining.

300 Tang Poems - Volumes 1 & 2 In Small-Standard-Script Calligraphy300 Tang Poems - Volumes 1 & 2 In Small-Standard-Script Calligraphy by Lau, Daniel Chak-Kwong

This book represents the culmination of Dr Daniel Lau's pursuit of Chinese calligraphy. Adopting the traditional format of horizontal handscrolls, the original 18-metre long work that forms the basis of the book presents an intriguing synergy between Lau's exacting transcriptions of Tang-era poems in small character standard script, and complementary self-inscriptions in big-character seal script. Characterised by a strong sense of pliancy in handling the brush, Lau's work emphasizes the rhythm of the 'lifting' and 'pressing' of the brush tip and the contrast between light and heavy strokes. The results are enchanting, tinged with expressive touches and rich tonal variations.

Tales From Victoria ParkTales From Victoria Park by Crowell, Todd

Victoria Park, the largest expanse of open space in Hong Kong, is the crossroads and away home for thousands of Muslim women who have come from Indonesia to find their fortunes, or at least support their families, in the teeming Chinese city. Most come initially as maids, but some lose their employers and descend into the netherworld of overstayers, illegal street hawkers and disco "PR" girls. This is a book of their stories. From the comic to the bizarre to the heart-breaking, these cross-cultural tales of exiles in another country build on a sensual evocation of place and character.

South China Morning BluesSouth China Morning Blues by

There's no place quite like it. From Guangzhou to Hong Kong, the booming megalopolis of the Pearl River Delta has endless stories to tell. South China Morning Blues is filled with these tales of the postmodern East: depraved, rapidly changing, and never boring. Just what kinds of people find themselves in 21st-century China? There's Marco, a crooked businessman with a penchant for call girls; Danny, a culture-shocked young traveler; Sheila, a local club girl caught up in family politics; Amber, a drug-fueled aspiring model; Terry, an alcoholic journalist; and Ting Ting, a lovable artist with a chip on her shoulder. Their lives intertwine in unexpected ways as they delve deeper into their surroundings and in the process learn more about themselves.

Paul's RecordsPaul's Records by

As a youth in Saigon's Chinatown of the 1960s and 70s, Paul Au was greatly affected by American "hippie" culture and Rock and Roll. He was smuggled into Hong Kong in 1974 to escape the South Vietnamese military draft. At first living in rooftop squats, he started to trade used vinyl records on the streets of Kowloon, and finally established an underground reputation for his eclectic blend and unending supply of recorded music. This book also explains how the American music of the 1960s and 1970s influenced the people of Hong Kong and Asia.

Shanghai's Baghdadi JewsShanghai's Baghdadi Jews by Meyer, Maisie J.

A compilation of 26 biographical accounts from the entire spectrum of Shanghai's Baghdadi Jewish society offers fresh insights into a remarkable community that lived through the crossroads of China's 20th-century history. Using previously unseen diaries and archival material, Shanghai's Baghdadi Jews documents the rise and fall of larger-than-life personalities who witnessed the Sino-Japanese War, the Occupation of Shanghai and the Communist Party's rise to power. Photographs illustrate the life and times of these individuals and the magnificent, cosmopolitan city they called home.

Huang Rui: The Stars Period 1977-1984Huang Rui: The Stars Period 1977-1984 by Huang Rui (Ed.)

Huang Rui: The Stars Period is one of a very few books to be published about late-1970s avant garde art in China - and it certainly stands as one of the most extensive and insightful statements on this important genre ever attempted. Illustrated with images of more than 200 works by Huang Rui plus more than 200 archival photographs, the book goes on to describe the Stars Group, which pioneered many of the themes and techniques in Chinese contemporary art. Essays by important scholars and critics such as Wu Hung, Lü Peng and Shu Yang give additional context for this exciting period in Chinese artistic and cultural history spanning from 1977 to 1984. A number of the pictures, invitations, and magazines related to the exhibitions and events discussed in this book are newly rediscovered archival materials and are republished here for the first time.

Devil You Know, TheDevil You Know, The by Gregoire, Peter

A pressing need for income tempts Scott Lee to take on media tycoon Rufus Lam's case. It seems like a straightforward enough missing person's search. Find out what happened to Rufus Lam's friend and close business partner, Terence Auyeung. Take the money and move on. A nice distraction too, from the growing malaise into which Hong Kong is slowly sinking. Sure, it's 2017 and the city is about to elect its new Chief Executive. But not with the election system Hong Kong people want, Beijing has seen to that. The dream of democracy -- true democracy -- ended in 2014 when the initial exhilaration of the Umbrella Protests petered into nothing. But as Scott digs deeper in his search for Auyeung, he soon discovers that the Umbrella Generation never dissipated. It just went into hibernation, waiting for the right leader and the right time, to take up the cause once more. That leader is none other than Scott's client, Rufus Lam. That time is now. And Scott's caught right in the middle of it.

Year Of Fire Dragons: An American Women's Story Of Coming Of Age In Hong KongYear Of Fire Dragons: An American Women's Story Of Coming Of Age In Hong Kong by Young, Shannon

Shannon Young is an American twentysomething living in Hong Kong. Originally from Arizona, she likes to read, travel and spy on other people's books on the train. In 2010, she followed followed her Eurasian boyfriend to Hong Kong, eager to forge a new love story in his hometown. But when work sent him to London a month later, Shannon embarked on a wide-eyed newcomer's journey through Hong Kong - alone. She taught in a local school as the only foreigner, explored Asia with other young expats and discovered family history in Hong Kong, all while trying to hold on to her thwarted romance.

Remembering Bruce Lee: And Jon Benn's Other AdventuresRemembering Bruce Lee: And Jon Benn's Other Adventures by Benn, Jon

Even four decades after the passing of Asian martial-arts superstar Bruce Lee (1940-73), his achievements still attract adoration from millions of movie fans. The biggest fan of all may be Jon Benn, who befriended the high-kicking hero while playing "the Big Boss", a villain in Lee's acclaimed 1972 movie The Way of the Dragon. In Remembering Bruce Lee, a tell-tale autobiography, Jon reminisces fondly about his experiences with Lee and a lifetime of other adventures. From facing Lee's fists of fury to riding in a cowboy posse, from almost starting the Third World War to a nude scene with sex symbol Bo Derek, much has happened to Jon for the sake of appearing in movies.

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.