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Review | Jung Chang’s new book on Soong sisters a long overdue account of three remarkable Chinese women

Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China wipes the nostalgic veneer from the siblings’ legend.

10 Oct 2019 - 8:07PM

Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China wipes the nostalgic veneer from the siblings’ legend.

Jung Chang’s new book on Soong sisters a long overdue account of three remarkable Chinese women
Review | Poetry, drama, tragedy in images of China and Soviet Union shot by Chinese photojournalist 1980s and ’90s

Pulitzer Prize winning Hong Kong photojournalist enjoyed an advantage in China as a Chinese person with local insight but the freedom of a foreign correspondent. He captured the humour of daily life under communism and the trauma of big events.

22 Jun 2019 - 8:35PM

Pulitzer Prize winning Hong Kong photojournalist enjoyed an advantage in China as a Chinese person with local insight but the freedom of a foreign correspondent. He captured the humour of daily life under communism and the trauma of big events.

Poetry, drama, tragedy in images of China and Soviet Union shot by Chinese photojournalist 1980s and ’90s
Review | Julie Yip-Williams’ memoir Unwinding of the Miracle reveals how to live, and die, with dignity

Unwinding of the Miracle, by Julie Yip-Williams, who died last year at 42, is as brutally honest as it is beautifully written, and has a message for us all

21 Feb 2019 - 11:37AM

Unwinding of the Miracle, by Julie Yip-Williams, who died last year at 42, is as brutally honest as it is beautifully written, and has a message for us all

Julie Yip-Williams’ memoir Unwinding of the Miracle reveals how to live, and die, with dignity
Review | Hong Kong Noir: 14 short stories delve into ghosts and spirits lurking in ultra-modern city

Hong Kong Noir is the 14th book in an international series, and the ‘umbrella movement’ protests, Japanese occupation, the post-war boom, and the 1997 handover to Chinese rule are among the backdrops to its stories.

24 Dec 2018 - 2:24PM

Hong Kong Noir is the 14th book in an international series, and the ‘umbrella movement’ protests, Japanese occupation, the post-war boom, and the 1997 handover to Chinese rule are among the backdrops to its stories.

Hong Kong Noir: 14 short stories delve into ghosts and spirits lurking in ultra-modern city
Review | Rich poor gap in Hong Kong the theme of new short stories collection

Short stories collection tackles theme of Hong Kong’s rich poor gap with humour, cynicism, and love for the city.

27 Nov 2018 - 9:40AM

Short stories collection tackles theme of Hong Kong’s rich poor gap with humour, cynicism, and love for the city.

Rich poor gap in Hong Kong the theme of new short stories collection
Review | Hungry Ghosts: Anthony Bourdain graphic-novel horror story is fitting tribute to a restless soul

One of the late chef and presenter’s final collaborations is a collection of graphic short horror stories, delivered with a flair for the culinary macabre.

26 Oct 2018 - 9:56AM

One of the late chef and presenter’s final collaborations is a collection of graphic short horror stories, delivered with a flair for the culinary macabre.

Hungry Ghosts: Anthony Bourdain graphic-novel horror story is fitting tribute to a restless soul
Review | The rise of China’s feminists: will activists spark social change, or burn out, asks writer

Writer Leta Hong Fincher considers whether China’s Feminist Five will be remembered as icons who advanced society or mere footnotes in a patriarchal state’s history.

7 Sep 2018 - 9:19AM

Writer Leta Hong Fincher considers whether China’s Feminist Five will be remembered as icons who advanced society or mere footnotes in a patriarchal state’s history.

The rise of China’s feminists: will activists spark social change, or burn out, asks writer
Bestselling Japanese novelist’s English debut a commentary on Japanese social pressures

Keiko Furukura, the subject of this translated work by bestselling Sayaka Murata – a commentary on Japan’s treatment of single women – is a model employee but a social misfit who constantly bats away urgings to find a mate.

6 Jul 2018 - 1:03PM

Keiko Furukura, the subject of this translated work by bestselling Sayaka Murata – a commentary on Japan’s treatment of single women – is a model employee but a social misfit who constantly bats away urgings to find a mate.

Bestselling Japanese novelist’s English debut a commentary on Japanese social pressures
Review | Asian-American’s powerful debut novel depicts Chinese sisters’ solidarity in the face of mental illness

Mira T. Lee’s first book, following several years of short story writing, places her among the canon of Asian-American women writers exploring the immigrant experience

28 Feb 2018 - 8:19PM

Mira T. Lee’s first book, following several years of short story writing, places her among the canon of Asian-American women writers exploring the immigrant experience

Asian-American’s powerful debut novel depicts Chinese sisters’ solidarity in the face of mental illness
Review | Why it wouldn’t take much for China and Japan to go to war – new book Asia’s Reckoning explains

Drawing on lessons from history, Richard McGregor’s Asia’s Reckoning explores how the complex relationship between China, the US and Japan might evolve peacefully, or tragically

6 Sep 2017 - 1:45PM

Drawing on lessons from history, Richard McGregor’s Asia’s Reckoning explores how the complex relationship between China, the US and Japan might evolve peacefully, or tragically

Why it wouldn’t take much for China and Japan to go to war – new book Asia’s Reckoning explains
Review | Review - Hong Kong 20/20: Reflections on a Borrowed Place is best collection in years of writing and comment about city

Anthology of short stories, essays, poetry and art by the likes of pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong, commentator Chip Tsao and G.O.D. founder Douglas Young a rich depiction of Hong Kong’s first 20 years under Chinese rule

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Anthology of short stories, essays, poetry and art by the likes of pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong, commentator Chip Tsao and G.O.D. founder Douglas Young a rich depiction of Hong Kong’s first 20 years under Chinese rule

Review - Hong Kong 20/20: Reflections on a Borrowed Place is best collection in years of writing and comment about city
Review | Book review - City of Protest: A Recent History of Dissent in Hong Kong is timely handover anniversary read

Antony Dapiran offers a clear-headed perspective on Hong Kong’s political unrest in this well-timed history of the city’s protest culture

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Antony Dapiran offers a clear-headed perspective on Hong Kong’s political unrest in this well-timed history of the city’s protest culture

Book review - City of Protest: A Recent History of Dissent in Hong Kong is timely handover anniversary read
Review | Book review: Felicia Yap’s thriller Yesterday turns lens on digitally obsessed society struck by short-term memory loss

In Malaysia-born author’s futuristic murder mystery, a quick-paced summer read filled with action, intrigue and sex, characters’ brains reboot after 24 and 48 hours, meaning all memories have to be logged in a digital diary

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

In Malaysia-born author’s futuristic murder mystery, a quick-paced summer read filled with action, intrigue and sex, characters’ brains reboot after 24 and 48 hours, meaning all memories have to be logged in a digital diary

Book review: Felicia Yap’s thriller Yesterday turns lens on digitally obsessed society struck by short-term memory loss
Review | Lisa Ko’s emotive debut novel The Leavers explores heartbreak and identity in two Americas

The Leavers follows a Chinese-American in search of his roots and the mother who abandoned him 10 years earlier, as it moves between the Bronx and upstate New York

7 Jun 2017 - 7:17PM

The Leavers follows a Chinese-American in search of his roots and the mother who abandoned him 10 years earlier, as it moves between the Bronx and upstate New York

Lisa Ko’s emotive debut novel The Leavers explores heartbreak and identity in two Americas
Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan on new book Rich People Problems and upcoming Hollywood film

With final instalment of trilogy on the glittery, glamorous world of the East’s mega-rich published, Kwan drops in on set of Crazy Rich Asians movie – starring Henry Golding and Michelle Yeoh – and says it is ‘making history’

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

With final instalment of trilogy on the glittery, glamorous world of the East’s mega-rich published, Kwan drops in on set of Crazy Rich Asians movie – starring Henry Golding and Michelle Yeoh – and says it is ‘making history’

Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan on new book Rich People Problems and upcoming Hollywood film
Book review: The Dancing Girl & the Turtle makes Fifty Shades of Grey look like light bondage with its tale of Chinese prostitution

Karen Kao’s debut novel about a beautiful girl from the countryside trying to make her way in 1930s Shanghai stands apart from similar efforts with its disturbing twists, shocking violence and great ending

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Karen Kao’s debut novel about a beautiful girl from the countryside trying to make her way in 1930s Shanghai stands apart from similar efforts with its disturbing twists, shocking violence and great ending

Book review: The Dancing Girl & the Turtle makes Fifty Shades of Grey look like light bondage with its tale of Chinese prostitution
Book review – Xun Yuezang’s debut novel is a potted history of today’s Hong Kong that reads too much like a textbook

First-time author of Liberationists: A Story wanted to write a love story, a series of political essays, and a personal blog on everything from soccer to government flats; trying to put them all together was a blunder

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

First-time author of Liberationists: A Story wanted to write a love story, a series of political essays, and a personal blog on everything from soccer to government flats; trying to put them all together was a blunder

Book review – Xun Yuezang’s  debut novel is a potted history of today’s Hong Kong that reads too much like a textbook
Review | Hong Kong Cantopop is a serious book on a genre that people don’t take seriously

Canto-pop was the soundtrack of the city as Hong Kong grew from war-ravaged outpost of the British Empire to economic powerhouse, and Yiu-Wai Chu’s academic study illuminates this bawdy, funny culture

1 Mar 2017 - 12:23PM

Canto-pop was the soundtrack of the city as Hong Kong grew from war-ravaged outpost of the British Empire to economic powerhouse, and Yiu-Wai Chu’s academic study illuminates this bawdy, funny culture

Hong Kong Cantopop is a serious book on a genre that people don’t take seriously
Review | A murder in Toronto and the dark side of the Asian immigrant dream

Jennifer Pan appeared to be the successful child of Chinese-Vietnamese refugee parents but when her gilded story began to unravel she hired hitmen to kill them. Jeremy Grimaldi investigates how seemingly decent people can do dreadful things

9 Nov 2016 - 11:27AM

Jennifer Pan appeared to be the successful child of Chinese-Vietnamese refugee parents but when her gilded story began to unravel she hired hitmen to kill them. Jeremy Grimaldi investigates how seemingly decent people can do dreadful things

A murder in Toronto and the dark side of the Asian immigrant dream
Review | Book review: the life of Clare Hollingworth, war correspondent

New biography of the pioneering journalist and Hong Kong resident who scooped the Nazi invasion of Poland is a gripping account of a restless life that also illuminates profound social changes

26 Aug 2016 - 8:01AM

New biography of the pioneering journalist and Hong Kong resident who scooped the Nazi invasion of Poland is a gripping account of a restless life that also illuminates profound social changes

Book review: the life of Clare Hollingworth, war correspondent