Shifting Sands by Deepa Vanjani
Shifting Sands is Dr Deepa Vanjani's debut poetry collection. She speaks of urbanisation and the loss of natural surroundings, the trap of illusions we humans are caught in, the lack of depth in relationships. But she also speaks of love, nature and the spiritual traces that lead us to the centre. For the author herself, many of the poems are life lessons and a humble offering to the Big Buddha of Lantau.
Princess Flower by Erkek, Hasan
Princess Flower is the first English translation of a play originally written and performed in Turkish in Turkey. Children of eight years old and over will enjoy reading and acting this prize-winning play, which teaches children that girls are just as capable as boys, and that men and women can work together again in the flower fields and elsewhere.
Of Leaves & Ashes (With Cd) by Ho, Patty
This collection of poems include some relate to philosophy and some to old Chinese poems to which Patty Ho has added new thoughts. Others are more musical and are additionally presented on the accompanying CD as songs. Patty Ho's essay 'A solitary song for nothing', which concludes the book, discusses poetry and philosophy.
Irreverent Poems For Pretentious People by Hoeg, Henrik
This is an eclectic collection of poems that range from sardonically humorous to genuinely moving. The collection plays fast and loose with both language and form as it explores, among other things, linguistics, history, relationships and the absurd. Henrik Hoeg's first published collection, it was awarded a publication prize in the competition for the International Proverse Prize 2015.
Dragon's Back, The: A Story From Hong Kong by Whittington, Theadora
Chinese fung shui tells us there is a dragon inhabiting every green valley, protective of the mountains and its route to the sea. Hiking into the hills of Hong Kong for a weekend picnic, Luke and his parents suddenly find their path blocked by a forest fire. Can the friendly mountain dragon help? Or is the mythical creature equally at risk from the actions of careless human beings? With original painted art, and a cut-out dragon for children to make themselves, The Dragon's Back sends a gentle message of caring for the environment.
It Won't Be Long Now: The Diary Of A Hong Kong Prisoner Of War by Heywood, Graham
Japan marched into Hong Kong at the outbreak of the Pacific War on December 8, 1941. On the same day, Graham Heywood was captured by the invading Japanese near the border while carrying out duties for the Royal Observatory. He was held at various places in the New Territories before being transported to the military Prisoner-of-War camp in Sham Shui Po, Kowloon. The Japanese refused to allow Heywood and his colleague Leonard Starbuck to join the civilians at the Stanley internment camp. Heywood's illustrated diary records his three-and-a-half years of internment, telling a story of hardship, adversity, and survival of malnutrition and disease; as well as repeated hopes of liberation and disappointment. As he awaits the end of the war, his reflections upon freedom and imprisonment bring realisations about life and how to live it.
Bruce Lee: Letters Of The Dragon - The Original 1958-1973 Correspondence by Little, John (Ed.)
This is a fascinating glimpse of the private Bruce Lee behind the public image-a man with the patience and concern to dedicate as much effort to crafting a thoughtful personal answer to the letter of a young fan as to those from his old friends and associates. The letters in this inspiring book track Bruce Lee's career and development, all the way to the last letter he ever composed, just hours before his sudden death. After absorbing the letters in this volume, the reader will inevitably find that the private Bruce Lee was every bit as great as the public Bruce Lee, and deeper and broader by far.
Taxi 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.
Light Years In Letters: A Postcard Project by Carol Lee Mei-Kuen
Carol Lee's second book presents a selection of her hand-made postcards. In the past few years, she selected objects she came across in daily life and travels, turned them into stencils and made postcards with the technique of "time drawing". The postcards were then mailed to her family, friends, and even persons she did not know, embarking on journeys of their own. Combining Lee's art and writing, every postcard preserves what she saw and thought of at a particular time point of her life. In an era craving for speed and dominated by digital media, Lee has found the purest motive for communication and its essence in the days and effort she devoted to the image production and writing of the postcards. She also directs us to a re-examination of time and memories, and helps us once again feel the warmth of writing and communication.
Bubble Instants by Catkaling
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 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, 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, 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 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 Kong by Feng Chi-Shun
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 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 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 Hecht, Ray
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.