Books

The book that helped an entrepreneur’s move to Hong Kong

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.

14 Apr 2019 - 1:30PM
Review | How We Disappeared: haunting tale of wartime Singapore

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

14 Apr 2019 - 10:30AM
Rajeev Balasubramanyam: why everyone is unhappy in Hong Kong

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’.

14 Apr 2019 - 2:34AM
Who is Kim Ji-young, the symbol of South Korea’s Me Too era?

‘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.

12 Apr 2019 - 12:13PM
Understanding Qing emperor changed antiques dealer’s life

Eryue He’s historical novel ‘flipped’ Andy Hei’s understanding of Qing dynasty China

7 Apr 2019 - 1:30PM
Review | Empires of Dust: novel an epic study of progress in China

Jiang Zilong, the father of ‘reform literature’, does not disappoint, with his latest novel being huge in scale, ambition and word count.

4 Apr 2019 - 10:22AM
Review | Broken Stars: Ken Liu’s new anthology of Chinese science fiction

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

28 Mar 2019 - 3:18AM
‘The entire concept of nations is artificial’, says charity founder

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

25 Mar 2019 - 11:35AM
Review | Tale of Asia’s ‘great archipelago’ rejects China’s version of history

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.

20 Mar 2019 - 6:58PM
How a vegetarian chef learned to turn pain into something positive

Peggy Chan, the restaurateur behind Grassroots Pantry, says the Maus graphic novel taught her how to channel suffering into something positive

17 Mar 2019 - 1:36PM