Peter Gordon

Peter Gordon is editor of the Asian Review of Books. A publisher and entrepreneur, he has been active in technology, culture and international trade and investment. He is the co-author of “The Silver Way: China, Spanish America and the Birth of Globalisation, 1565–1815”. He has been a resident of Hong Kong since 1985.
Peter Gordon
Peter Gordon is editor of the Asian Review of Books. A publisher and entrepreneur, he has been active in technology, culture and international trade and investment. He is the co-author of “The Silver Way: China, Spanish America and the Birth of Globalisation, 1565–1815”. He has been a resident of Hong Kong since 1985.

Latest from Peter Gordon

Women in wartime China: two memoirs show how rise of communists struck well-off lives

Memoirs ‘Betwixt and Between’ and ‘Shanghai Daisy’ capture China’s turmoil of the 1940s and ’50s and the changing lives of two well-off women, one a Wing On heiress.

3 Jul 2019 - 7:57PM

Memoirs ‘Betwixt and Between’ and ‘Shanghai Daisy’ capture China’s turmoil of the 1940s and ’50s and the changing lives of two well-off women, one a Wing On heiress.

Women in wartime China: two memoirs show how rise of communists struck well-off lives
Review | How China built Great Firewall, and how web users can build a transparent, democratic internet – new book

In The Great Firewall of China, James Griffiths is as critical of Chinese censors as he is of the profit-driven American tech industry. He sketches a vision of a user-controlled internet true to the technology’s initial promise.

22 Mar 2019 - 1:53AM

In The Great Firewall of China, James Griffiths is as critical of Chinese censors as he is of the profit-driven American tech industry. He sketches a vision of a user-controlled internet true to the technology’s initial promise.

How China built Great Firewall, and how web users can build a transparent, democratic internet – new book
Review | The United States’ imperial reach, from Mexico to the Philippines to the present day, dissected

From the Philippines to Hawaii, and Mexico to Puerto Rico, the US’ acquisition of territories comes under the microscope in Daniel Immerwahr’s book. He argues the US’ empire persists today in its overseas bases and dominance of trade.

26 Feb 2019 - 3:08AM

From the Philippines to Hawaii, and Mexico to Puerto Rico, the US’ acquisition of territories comes under the microscope in Daniel Immerwahr’s book. He argues the US’ empire persists today in its overseas bases and dominance of trade.

The United States’ imperial reach, from Mexico to the Philippines to the present day, dissected
Review | India’s genetic ‘pizza’: new evidence of early Indians’ influence and how Aryans, Sanskrit and Vedas were latecomers

Tony Joseph’s book Early Indians shows how understanding the human genome is changing ideas about archaeology. It may upset Indians who believe their unique culture began with the Aryans 4,000 years ago.

14 Jan 2019 - 6:03PM

Tony Joseph’s book Early Indians shows how understanding the human genome is changing ideas about archaeology. It may upset Indians who believe their unique culture began with the Aryans 4,000 years ago.

India’s genetic ‘pizza’: new evidence of early Indians’ influence and how Aryans, Sanskrit and Vedas were latecomers
A Korean woman struggles in 19th century France in Man Asian Literary Prize winner’s latest book, The Court Dancer

In Shin Kyung-sook’s latest novel, a French diplomat falls for a Korean court dancer and whisks her off to his native France. She happens to speak French and impresses the literati, but is like a fish out of water and returns to Korea.

17 Aug 2018 - 8:02AM

In Shin Kyung-sook’s latest novel, a French diplomat falls for a Korean court dancer and whisks her off to his native France. She happens to speak French and impresses the literati, but is like a fish out of water and returns to Korea.

A Korean woman struggles in 19th century France in Man Asian Literary Prize winner’s latest book, The Court Dancer
Review | Ex-colonial adviser lashes post-1997 Hong Kong governments for mismanaging, but who could have done better?

Leo Goodstadt points to 20 years of failure on housing, education and ties with mainland China, and says political leaders are incompetent, out of touch, in hock to vested interests and ignore experts ... much like politicians everywhere.

19 Jul 2018 - 8:43AM

Leo Goodstadt points to 20 years of failure on housing, education and ties with mainland China, and says political leaders are incompetent, out of touch, in hock to vested interests and ignore experts ... much like politicians everywhere.

Ex-colonial adviser lashes post-1997 Hong Kong governments for mismanaging, but who could have done better?
Hong Kong’s musical achievements deserve an ovation as it seeks to carve out a leading role on the world’s stages

The international accomplishments of local musicians and the success of the inaugural operatic singing competition show the city is hitting the right notes.

5 Jul 2018 - 4:12PM

The international accomplishments of local musicians and the success of the inaugural operatic singing competition show the city is hitting the right notes.

Hong Kong’s musical achievements deserve an ovation as it seeks to carve out a leading role on the world’s stages
Raise the Red Lantern author pens another winner in Petulia’s Rouge Tin, a Penguin Special

Su Tong’s tale of prostitutes in Shanghai sent off for re-education during the birth of the People’s Republic is a non-judgmental and wry look at sex workers and Communist cadres and doesn’t try too hard to be ‘literary’.

25 Jun 2018 - 12:45PM

Su Tong’s tale of prostitutes in Shanghai sent off for re-education during the birth of the People’s Republic is a non-judgmental and wry look at sex workers and Communist cadres and doesn’t try too hard to be ‘literary’.

Raise the Red Lantern author pens another winner in Petulia’s Rouge Tin, a Penguin Special
Chinese military classic The Art of War gets revealing new translation – book review

Christopher MacDonald’s The Science of War gives a clean, straightforward and readable version of Sun Tzu’s famous work The Art of War and provides a fascinating discussion on its origins and theories

11 Jun 2018 - 7:33AM

Christopher MacDonald’s The Science of War gives a clean, straightforward and readable version of Sun Tzu’s famous work The Art of War and provides a fascinating discussion on its origins and theories

Chinese military classic The Art of War gets revealing new translation – book review
Review | Digital marketing on Chinese social media: how-to guide Unlocking the World’s Largest E-market explains the unknowns

Ashley Galina Dudarenok’s clear, analytical guide to selling on Chinese social media explains in readable detail why not to project Western e-marketing onto the Chinese market and what to do instead

7 Mar 2018 - 8:32PM

Ashley Galina Dudarenok’s clear, analytical guide to selling on Chinese social media explains in readable detail why not to project Western e-marketing onto the Chinese market and what to do instead

Digital marketing on Chinese social media: how-to guide Unlocking the World’s Largest E-market explains the unknowns
Review | The Maoist roots of China’s economic rise explored in Red Swan – book review

Author Sebastian Heilmann credits ‘guerilla-style policy making’ for China’s rapid economic development, but its successes may not be as unique as he makes out

6 Mar 2018 - 5:58PM

Author Sebastian Heilmann credits ‘guerilla-style policy making’ for China’s rapid economic development, but its successes may not be as unique as he makes out

The Maoist roots of China’s economic rise explored in Red Swan – book review
Book review: Fake news isn’t new, as The Formosa Fraud, fictitious Taiwan tale, reminds us

Graham Earnshaw has republished George Psalmanazar’s fictitious early 18th-century book about Formosa – now Taiwan – called A Description Of Formosa, which duped even the Bishop of London and a tutor at Oxford

8 Jan 2018 - 7:40PM

Graham Earnshaw has republished George Psalmanazar’s fictitious early 18th-century book about Formosa – now Taiwan – called A Description Of Formosa, which duped even the Bishop of London and a tutor at Oxford

Book review: Fake news isn’t new, as The Formosa Fraud, fictitious Taiwan tale, reminds us
Hong Kong writers have much to say – and not just about democracy and politics

UK magazine Wasafiri dedicates an issue to exploring the city’s literature, and asks whether Hongkongers have a distinctive voice, if a local English writing style exists at all and if so, whether it has become mainstream

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

UK magazine Wasafiri dedicates an issue to exploring the city’s literature, and asks whether Hongkongers have a distinctive voice, if a local English writing style exists at all and if so, whether it has become mainstream

Hong Kong writers have much to say – and not just about democracy and politics
Book review: Unrest – Singapore Literature Prize winner gets great English translation that’s well worth the wait

Yeng Pway Ngon’s 2004 prize-winning book that follows four characters from colonial Malaya to Singapore, Hong Kong and China gets a superb translation by Jeremy Tiang

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Yeng Pway Ngon’s 2004 prize-winning book that follows four characters from colonial Malaya to Singapore, Hong Kong and China gets a superb translation by Jeremy Tiang

Book review: Unrest – Singapore Literature Prize winner gets great English translation that’s well worth the wait
Review | Book review – A Few Planes for China: The Birth of the Flying Tigers unravels the myth behind legendary fighter pilots

A John Wayne film in 1942 immortalised their exploits, and it was claimed they shot down almost 300 Japanese aircraft, but the authenticity of the Flying Tigers’ story is shrouded in doubt

30 Oct 2017 - 10:43AM

A John Wayne film in 1942 immortalised their exploits, and it was claimed they shot down almost 300 Japanese aircraft, but the authenticity of the Flying Tigers’ story is shrouded in doubt

Book review – A Few Planes for China: The Birth of the Flying Tigers unravels the myth behind legendary fighter pilots
Review | Review: Sweet Potato, Korean short story collection, is a gritty introduction to a little known period of East Asian history

Newly translated volume by Kim Tongin describes the struggles of ordinary Koreans in naturalistic style, and is an important addition to Korean classic literature in English

9 Oct 2017 - 6:40PM

Newly translated volume by Kim Tongin describes the struggles of ordinary Koreans in naturalistic style, and is an important addition to Korean classic literature in English

Review: Sweet Potato, Korean short story collection, is a gritty introduction to a little known period of East Asian history
Why Asian Americans’ claim of Harvard admissions bias misses the point
Review | Book review: Dung Kai-cheung’s Cantonese Love Stories lifts Hong Kong’s linguistic veil across 25 snappy pieces

Dung Kai-cheung’s short fictional sketches should resonate with anyone who has experienced the city, but may serve as a better introduction to Hong Kong literature than it does to the place itself

25 Jun 2018 - 5:57PM

Dung Kai-cheung’s short fictional sketches should resonate with anyone who has experienced the city, but may serve as a better introduction to Hong Kong literature than it does to the place itself

Book review: Dung Kai-cheung’s Cantonese Love Stories lifts Hong Kong’s linguistic veil across 25 snappy pieces
Review | Book review: Out of China – from Shanghai to Hong Kong’s handover, an incisive analysis of West’s meddling

Once a schoolboy in Hong Kong, historian Robert Bickers sheds light on Chinese nationalism and the roots of its ‘rage’ in a work that ranges across politics, classical art and popular culture in a conversational tone

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Once a schoolboy in Hong Kong, historian Robert Bickers sheds light on Chinese nationalism and the roots of its ‘rage’ in a work that ranges across politics, classical art and popular culture in a conversational tone

Book review: Out of China – from Shanghai to Hong Kong’s handover, an incisive analysis of West’s meddling
Book review: Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong – laundry list of city’s challenges, how they’re connected and how to solve them

Richard Wong packs a lot into 300 pages, and inevitably stray into politics as they map out solutions to Hong Kong’s multiple challenges; the data they’ve amassed may be book’s biggest selling point

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Richard Wong packs a lot into 300 pages, and inevitably stray into politics as they map out solutions to Hong Kong’s multiple challenges; the data they’ve amassed may be book’s biggest selling point

Book review: Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong – laundry list of city’s challenges, how they’re connected and how to solve them
How China played a part in the birth of globalisation in the 16th century

Globalisation is nothing new, say Peter Gordon and Juan José Morales in a book, The Silver Way, an excerpt from which reveals how a Pacific route to and from Spanish America made China an economic powerhouse 400 years ago

13 Jan 2017 - 12:02PM

Globalisation is nothing new, say Peter Gordon and Juan José Morales in a book, The Silver Way, an excerpt from which reveals how a Pacific route to and from Spanish America made China an economic powerhouse 400 years ago

How China played a part in the birth of globalisation in the 16th century
Book review: Once Upon a Time in the East by Xiaolu Guo is a fascinating memoir of moving past terrible beginnings

Guo was handed at birth to a peasant family who couldn’t look after, then went to stay with her illiterate grandparents in a remote village – so how she ended up a successful filmmaker and English author is an inspiring story of will

20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM

Guo was handed at birth to a peasant family who couldn’t look after, then went to stay with her illiterate grandparents in a remote village – so how she ended up a successful filmmaker and English author is an inspiring story of will

Book review: Once Upon a Time in the East by Xiaolu Guo is a fascinating memoir of moving past terrible beginnings
Book review - Wartime Macau: Under the Japanese Shadow investigates the precarious freedom of a neutral enclave

Macau was never occupied by the imperial Japanese forces and remained a safe haven in a war-torn region, but information on this period has been hard to come by in English, making this volume all the more appreciated

21 Dec 2016 - 8:30AM

Macau was never occupied by the imperial Japanese forces and remained a safe haven in a war-torn region, but information on this period has been hard to come by in English, making this volume all the more appreciated

Book review - Wartime Macau: Under the Japanese Shadow investigates the precarious freedom of a neutral enclave
China’s belt and road can take its cues from the world’s first model of globalisation
Review | Book review: Womansword – humorous dissection of Japanese take on genders

At a time when Western institutions are adopting gender-neutral language, author considers why Japanese language has gone the other way and contains so many gender-specific words

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

At a time when Western institutions are adopting gender-neutral language, author considers why Japanese language has gone the other way and contains so many gender-specific words

Book review: Womansword – humorous dissection of Japanese take on genders
How Russia can help Hong Kong play a leading role as a digital content provider
Review | Book review: True Crime Japan - vignettes of nation through its court cases

Paul Murphy’s book reinforces idea that Japan is different, even if he has cherry-picked the trials he covers with empathy and apparent admiration for aspects of nation’s judicial system

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

Paul Murphy’s book reinforces idea that Japan is different, even if he has cherry-picked the trials he covers with empathy and apparent admiration for aspects of nation’s judicial system

Book review: True Crime Japan - vignettes of nation through its court cases
Review | Book review: Filipino writer Catherine Torres’ anthology beautifully written and relevant

Mariposa Gang and Other Stories is a collection of polished and sophisticated short stories replete with human characters whose circumstances are starkly authentic, and deserves to be read widely

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

Mariposa Gang and Other Stories is a collection of polished and sophisticated short stories replete with human characters whose circumstances are starkly authentic, and deserves to be read widely

Book review: Filipino writer Catherine Torres’ anthology beautifully written and relevant
Post Brexit, could Britain adopt ‘one country, two systems’ for Scotland?
Book review: A Billion Voices asks: is there such a thing as ‘the Chinese language’?

Although about China, David Moser’s book also serves as a case study of the way language intersects with policy, society and technology – and much in the Chinese experience finds echoes elsewhere

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

Although about China, David Moser’s book also serves as a case study of the way language intersects with policy, society and technology – and much in the Chinese experience finds echoes elsewhere

Book review: A Billion Voices asks: is there such a thing as ‘the Chinese language’?