Published in 1935, Lin Yutang’s My Country and My People is still relevant today, says Hungarian Tony Verb, and provides great insight into China.
Jing-Jing Lee’s haunting narrative follows one of the Lion City’s unseen citizens, a widow and ‘cardboard auntie’, as she is forced to confront the horrors she experienced during the Japanese occupation
The British writer, whose latest novel, Professor Chandra Follows his Bliss, is out now, believes ‘people come to Hong Kong for one reason. To make money. And everyone is unhappy’.
‘Kim Ji-young, Born 1982’, a book about a young mother’s struggles in a patriarchal society, has become a cultural touchstone in a movement that has galvanised thousands to take to the streets and seen several famous men imprisoned for sex crimes.
Eryue He’s historical novel ‘flipped’ Andy Hei’s understanding of Qing dynasty China
Jiang Zilong, the father of ‘reform literature’, does not disappoint, with his latest novel being huge in scale, ambition and word count.
The collection features 14 writers including Regina Kanyu Wang, Xia Jia and Han Song, with stories exploring time travel, prophecy, love, madness, family, nature, apocalypse, the extraordinary coexisting with the everyday
Myriam Bartu, the co-founder of Enrich HK, a charity that trains Hong Kong’s domestic helpers in financial literacy, says the 1983 book Imagined Communities taught her how boundaries, identities and race are all imagined
In Empire of the Winds, author Philip Bowring explores the history and significance of a region he calls Nusantaria – 20,000 islands stretching from Malaysia, the Taiwan and the Philippines to Indonesia and Timor.
Peggy Chan, the restaurateur behind Grassroots Pantry, says the Maus graphic novel taught her how to channel suffering into something positive