Activist ready to cash in on handover birthday with trio of books

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 June, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 June, 2007, 12:00am

Talk about cashing in on the handover. Civic Exchange's Christine Loh Kung-wai didn't just write a book for the impending anniversary - she wrote three! The first is about our two chief executives, Tung Chee-hwa and Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, the second covers the city's constitutional development and the third examines our environmental policy. Granted, Ms Loh had co-authors on all three, but it's still a lot of writing for the prominent activist-turned-author.

'It was mightily exhausting. I can't put it any other way. Somehow, I am writing a lot and want to write a lot. This is obviously a development phase I am going through and I am learning so much,' Ms Loh said. 'I was writing three books concurrently with the team, which was really heavy going and I was totally exhausted by the end of May when my part of the writing was over.'

As for the last 10 tumultuous years, Ms Loh feels they have been challenging, but the fact is 'Hong Kong people have gained a country'. 'The challenges are qualitative,' she theorised. 'It is not about more buildings, more reclamation, more roads or even more schools, but healthy buildings, good urban design, clean environment, safe food and quality education.'

Ms Loh and two of her co-authors, Carine Lai and Kate Trumbull, will be at Central's Bookazine (3/F Prince's Building) for a talk and book-signing from 6.30 to 8 tonight. Reservations required. E-mail or call the shop on 2522 1785.