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>Alphabet of Vietnam, The
>Beijing: Portrait of a City
>Business Republic of China
>CHINA: Portrait of a People
>Chinese Wet Market Handbook, The
>Crocodile who wanted to be Famous, The
>Curious Diary of Mr Jam, The
>Dictionary of the Asian Language, The
>Dim Sum: a survival guide
>Don't Joke on the Stairs
>Dragon's Back, The
>Eurasian Face, The
>Fishing in Hong Kong
>Great Walk of China, The
>Hit Me Again
>Hong Kong Cheap Eats
>Hong Kong for Kids
>Hong Kong Noir
>Hong Kong On Air
>Hong Kong State of Mind
>Hong Kong Unveiled
>Hong Kong Volunteers
>Kowloon: Unknown Territory
>Lama of the Gobi
>Master of None
>May Moon Rescues the World Economy
>My Private China
>No City for Slow Men
>No Minister & No, Minister
>Once Upon a Time in
>Remembering Bruce Lee
>Saudi Match Point
>Shanghai's Baghdadi Jews
>Sketches of Sai Kung
>Sketches of Soho
>Sketches of Stanley
>Starting from Scrap
>Street Life Hong Kong
>Tales from Victoria Park
>Taste of Old Hong Kong, The
>Tell Me A Story
>Thai the Knot
>Tibet, the Last Cry
>Walking the Tycoons' Rope
>Waiting for the Dalai Lama
>Whispers and Moans
>Wing Chun Warrior
>With Bare Hands
>Wordjazz for Stevie
>Working Mothers, Happy Kids
>Year of Fire Dragons
>Yunnan Cookbook, The
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>Cindy Miller Stephens
>Jason Y. Ng
Year of Fire Dragons
2010, bookish 22-year-old Shannon follows her Eurasian boyfriend to Hong
Kong, eager to forge a new love story in his hometown. But when work
sends him to London a month later, Shannon embarks on a wide-eyed
newcomer's journey through Hong Kong – alone. The city enchants her,
forcing her to question her plans. Soon, she must make a choice between
her new life and the love that first brought her to Asia.
Street Life Hong Kong
Hong Kong is famous for its bustling streets.
In this book we hear from two dozen real people who provide its outdoor
colour. These are the working people who are always
seen but rarely heard, and in this book they tell their life stories in
their own words. Sharp black-and-white portraits immerse the reader in the
dynamic streetscape of Hong Kong.
The Yunnan Cookbook
an exotic land of former kingdoms which borders Tibet, Sichuan, Burma,
Vietnam and Laos, is the most bio-diverse province in China. It is quite
possibly the most beautiful part of the country, and also the most
culturally rich. Each ethnic minority has its own distinct cooking
ingredients, aromas and flavours – all brought together for the first
time in this unique cookbook.
Remembering Bruce Lee
four decades after the passing of Asian martial-arts superstar Bruce
Lee, 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. Jon reminisces fondly
about his experiences with Lee and a lifetime of other adventures.
The Taste of Old Hong Kong
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. If you’ve ever daydreamed about what it might be like to drop
back into an earlier, less hurried time in an exotic corner of the
world, this is how we found the food, the friends and the fun in old
Tibet, the Last Cry
is massively investing to turn Tibet into a modern country. Downtown
shops crammed with made-in-China fashion
are run by battalions of saleswomen in uniform, and nightclubs draw crowds
of Tibetan teenagers in search of Western music. Black-and-white photographs
intertwine the clashes between two very
different communities who have never fully understood each other. Both text and images immerse the reader in an eye-opening
journey across the roof of the world.
No City for Slow Men
Jason Y. Ng has a knack for
making the familiar both fascinating and funny. Three years after his
bestselling début 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.
Rachel Cartland came to
Hong Kong in 1972 as one of just two female expatriates in the Hong Kong
Government’s elite administrative grade. Her
life was shaped by the momentous events that rocked Hong Kong during the
following action-packed years: corruption and the
police mutiny, the growth of the new towns, the currency crisis of 1983,
Tiananmen Square, the change of sovereignty and the devastation of SARS.
Her story ranges from Kowloon’s Walled City to
Government House to the rural New Territories.
My Private China
the last 73 years, American Book Award winner Alex Kuo has travelled
back-and-forth between America and China. These letters and essays
portray the private China, and provide indispensable cultural
information for anyone interested in the People’s Republic in the 21st
Hong Kong Noir
the bestselling author of Diamond Hill. Hong Kong pathologist Feng Chi-shun
was once part-owner of
a dive bar in Kowloon City: a rough part of town which was home to the Sun
Yee On triad gang. During that time, he heard a lot of stories. The 15 tales
in Hong Kong Noir offer a glimpse of what happens in the shadows.
The Chinese Wet Market Handbook
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? The Chinese Wet Market Handbook gives you the answers!
Hong Kong Unveiled
Hong Kong Unveiled is an
'Access All Areas' pass into Chinese culture and customs. Invited to a
Chinese wedding or business function and don’t know the correct form? This
book will lead you through the minefield where an innocent mistake could
see you lose your friend or your business connection. Want to change a run
of bad luck? Or are your jokes falling flat with your Chinese friends?
Find out how and why in this far-ranging book.
Kowloon: Unknown Territory
What do "deep water pier", "nine dragons city" and
"mandarin's lake" have in common with "Wong Tai Sin", the name of a Taoist
deity? They're all
districts in Kowloon. This book is an
exploration of what is often seen as Hong Kong's shadow-side, from the
viewpoints of community, consumerism, art, food, fashion and sex – 15
years after the handover.
The Curious Diary of Mr Jam
tried to bring comedy to Asia, but everyone just laughed at him
Sam Jam’s whole life had been a tragic
mistake. As a humorist in Asia he had repeatedly been
sacked, blacklisted and chased out of buildings. But he refuses to believe that his audiences
of conservative Muslims, Communist officials, religious police and Asian
citizens in general have no sense of humour.
Walking the Tycoons' Rope
Wang fled the Chinese civil war at the age of five and came to Hong Kong
with nothing. The colony was a harsh place in the 1950s and 1960s. But
he was determined to rise to the top – and through hard work and
resolve, he got there. Robert’s rags-to-riches story offers a rare look
inside the unimaginably wealthy world of Hong Kong’s property tycoons.
Hong Kong for Kids
Kong’s best selling parents’ guide is back, completely revised and more
comprehensive than ever before, with 70+ outing ideas! Filled with
exciting child-friendly activities to do, see and experience, Hong
Kong for Kids gives parents and educators all the important
information they need to have a successful and stress-free outing with
Master of None
a man need a stint in jail to complete his life experiences?
From Stanley Prison, corporate high-flyer John T. Hung recounts his
life in a sweep of Hong Kong history over five generations – from his
family roots in the 19th century through World War II to the present. The story tracks the richness
of his mixed heritage and upbringing, his steady rise and precipitous fall
from the pinnacles of corporate Hong Kong to the life-destroying court
case and heartbreaking incarceration.
Don't Joke on the Stairs
– what’s not to love? Join longtime Hong Kong resident and Cantonese
fundamentalist Cecilie Gamst Berg as she ploughs through the non-stop
surreal-fest that is today’s China, stopping occasionally to ruminate
about the travails of trying to make Cantonese a world language.
In this book you’ll find answers to everything you wanted to know about
China, such as: What does “the slippery are
very crafty” really mean?
Chris Thrall left the Royal Marines to find his fortune in
Hong Kong, but instead found himself homeless and
hooked on crystal meth. Soon he began working for the 14K, Hong
Kong’s largest crime family, as a doorman in one of their nightclubs in
the Wan Chai red-light district. This is his
The Alphabet of Vietnam
is a darkness in men's hearts that war sets free. When their war is
over, they bring that darkness back home with them. It's a short trail
from the jungles of Vietnam to the forests of the Appalachian Mountains.
This complex tale involves a journey to Vietnam and into the dark past:
a past where Clausewitz, the philosopher of war, meets de Sade, the
philosopher of man's own individual evil.
deep in the Himalaya between India and China, the secretive kingdom of
Bhutan guards its independence while around it, Sikkim and Tibet have
been swallowed by the giants and Nepal is rife with unrest.
Murray Gunn and his French wife came to love and better understand
Bhutan while living there for two years — but risked their marriage in
the process. A travel memoir of discovery and change.
Hong Kong State of Mind
A collection of essays by a popular blogger
who zeroes in on the city’s idiosyncrasies with deadpan precision. At
once an outsider looking in and an insider looking out, Jason Y. Ng has
created something for everyone: a travel journal for the passing
visitor, a user’s manual for the wide-eyed expat, and an open diary for
the native Hong Konger looking for moments of reflection.
A day in the life...
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Forging the Future
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how to get a book published in Hong Kong, and Blacksmith's Pete
Spurrier was one of the local publishers interviewed.
Wordjazz for Stevie
"This may be the most moving story you
will ever read.” — Sunday Telegraph
"Chinese-American authors such as Iris Chang and Amy Tan have made a
significant contribution to factual and fictional literature, but few
have a tale to tell as piquant as Xujun
Eberlein's." — South China Morning Post
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Republic of China
"[Leblanc] is propelled
forward by the strength of his stories. And this is a man with some
cracking stories to tell. ... While other similar works can come across
as either too academic or too broad and macro-focused, Business
Republic of China is rich in practical detail. Leblanc’s experiences
make for instructive reading for any foreign executive doing business in
China." — China Economic Review
Wing Chun Warrior
story of Duncan Leung —
childhood friend of Bruce Lee and disciple of Wing Chun master Yip Man
— is valuable not only for the insights
it offers into Chinese martial arts but also for its portrayal of the
lost Hong Kong of the 1950s and 1960s." —
CHINA: Portrait of a People
striking, kaleidoscopic vision of China's lands and people." —
"Anyone interested in China should love owning it."
— Cairns Media Magazine
"Well worth having on your
bookshelf." — South China Morning Post
“Tom Carter is an extraordinary photographer whose powerful work
captures the heart and soul of the Chinese people.” — Anchee Min
story gives us glimpses of a Hong Kong –
the opium dens, the pool halls, the nightclubs, the casinos and the
girls, girls, girls – not adequately reflected
in official histories of the city." — Asia
Yeeshan Yang’s investigative work Whispers
and Moans has been brought to the big screen
by Hong Kong filmmaker Herman Yau. Starring
Athena Chu Yan, the movie premiered at the Hong Kong International Film
Festival, where Yau was honoured as Director in Focus.
China lifts ban on French Spiderman
Just months after he was expelled from China for
climbing Shanghai's tallest building without permission, a daring French
climber is preparing to scale another Chinese peak
– but this time at
the invitation of the government. Alain Robert,
dubbed the French Spiderman for his ascents up some of the world's
tallest buildings without climbing gear, will scale one of China's best
known mountains in the northern province of Hunan.
Wing Chun Warrior
Duncan Leung was introduced to Wing Chun Kung Fu by his childhood
friend, famed screen star Bruce Lee. At the age of 13, he became the
formal disciple of sixth-generation master Yip
Man. Yip taught him how to apply Wing Chun to actual fighting.
Since moving to Virginia Beach in 1976, Leung has taught US Navy SEALs,
members of the FBI, and various SWAT teams. Now you can read his true fighting tales!
Who are they? Where did they come from? What do they do? Chinese folk
religion is the underlying belief system of more than a billion people.
Go into any home, office or restaurant and you will see altars, statues
or paper ‘good luck’ images. And wherever there is a Chinese community
there are temples and Earth God shrines. But
what is the religion that makes sense of all these expressions of
CHINA: Portrait of a People
Following in the footsteps of Marco Polo and Mao Zedong, Tom Carter made
his own Long March throughout the People's Republic. On his
route through over 200 cities and villages, Carter left footprints in
every province, becoming one of the few Westerners to have done so. This
small-format book fills the need for a better understanding of the
diverse Chinese people.
No Minister & No, Minister
The outbreak of SARS in Hong Kong had only a short-term impact on the
local economy, but left the city with a political hot potato. Mike Rowse
launches his new book — subtitled The True Story
— at the Foreign Correspondents' Club. Click for more details.
It was some decade. The universities were closed. Students were at war.
Poetry was banned. And the word “love,” unless applied to Mao, was
expressly forbidden. Artists were denounced, and many opted for suicide.
This is the time —
its madness, its passion, its complexity —
that Xujun Eberlein brings vividly to life in her moving
collection of short stories about the
millions who lived during China’s Cultural Revolution.
Great Walk of China
How long would it take to
walk across the world's most populous country? Graham Earnshaw is finding
out. The Great Walk of China is a journey
into China's heartland, away from its surging coastal
cities, where the
ripples of prosperity are only just beginning to be felt. Through his
conversations with the people he meets along the way,
the Chinese-speaking Earnshaw paints a portrait of a nation
struggling to come to terms with its newfound identity and its place in
Shanghai shut-eye? For documentary evidence of Chinese
demonstrating the art of extreme napping, check out Bernd Hagemann's new
book! “When China wakes, she will shake the world,” warned Napoleon.
This may be true. But let’s not forget that hardworking people need
their sleep too.
"Diamond Hill was one of the poorest and most backward of villages in
Hong Kong when Hong Kong itself was
poor and backward. We moved there in 1956 when I was almost 10. I left
when I was 19. Those were the formative years of my life. It’s a
time that I remember well and cherish." A warm memoir of a hard
time and place.
The painful, loving and powerfully written story of a Hong Kong girl who
was profoundly handicapped and lived for only eight years — yet
who changed the world. She inspired her father to found two charities.
Read this book, be moved by it. Let it change
your life too.
No one represents the
move towards diversity better than Eurasians – those individuals with a
mix of Caucasian and Asian heritage. Once a source of shame, the
Eurasian face has become the face that sells. It is the face with which
everyone can identify. This book of interviews and portraits reveals how
Eurasians see their place in the world today.
of the Gobi
The Fourth Noyon
Incarnate Lama of the Gobi Desert caused so many scandals that the
Manchu Emperor banned his reincarnation. So when a young
child was enthroned as the Fifth, the Emperor issued an edict of
execution on the boy and all associated with the event. The child was
only saved by the intervention of the Panchen Lama and the young Dalai Lama.
Their efforts proved well worthwhile, for the boy
went on to become one of the greatest creative geniuses of
a survival guide
Why limit yourself to the English menu when ordering dim sum? Cantonese
teacher Liza Chu has a part-time career as a Hong Kong dim sum guide,
and she has distilled her knowledge of Chinese cuisine and dining
etiquette into this practical guidebook to eating out. Let Liza show you
how to yum cha like a local!
Waiting for the Dalai Lama
does the issue of Tibet rouse such passions on both sides? And is there
any way to find common ground? Chinese-speaking journalist Annelie
Rozeboom worked as a foreign correspondent in China for ten years.
During that time she was able to interview numerous Tibetan people
inside and outside Tibet, as well as Chinese
residents, Western observers and the Dalai Lama himself. As these
people explain their life stories, it
becomes clear to the reader why they think the way they do.
is the best way to get to know any city, and Macau — the former
Portuguese colony returned to China in 1999 — is made for walking. Only
seven miles square, one can easily walk from the Border Gate to the A-Ma
Temple at the tip of Macau in a day. This guide describes eight routes around the urban peninsula
and its outlying islands, sufficient to explore and understand this
fascinating old city and its unique blend of European and Asian
architecture, cuisine and cultures.