No 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 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 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 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 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 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 1977-1984 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.