Joyce Lau

Art made from Hong Kong’s plastic waste – think styrofoam supermarket fruit wrappers and plastic egg cartons – is the hallmark of eco-artist Agnes Pang.

Once the bohemian heart of Hong Kong, the Fringe Club has fallen on hard times, its activities hit by 2019’s street protests and the coronavirus pandemic. It is staging its biggest art show, and possibly its last.

One Bright Moon, Sydney-based family doctor Andrew Kwong’s powerful, brutal memoir of growing up in Mao’s China, was written for his children and grandchildren.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.


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.

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

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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

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

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

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