As Hong Kong grinds to a halt, it’s going to be a long, long day, with nowhere to go. In case you are planning to use the time to catch up on some quality reading, we’ve got you covered. To help you get through the day, our editors have curated a dozen of our best reads since This Week in Asia launched two years ago. We have kept the list short (wasn’t easy) and as eclectic as possible, from popular culture and economy to history and society, from the curious phenomenon of ‘silver porn’ and gender role reversals to an unlikely star and an untiring journey. Browse through our list, see what catches your fancy, grab that pack of crisps and get started. Happy reading!

SLAVE HUSBANDS OF HONG KONG: THE MEN WHO MARRY INTO SERVITUDE

MEET JAPAN’S 82-YEAR-OLD PORN STAR

MACAU: THE INCREDIBLE POVERTY AT THE HEART OF WORLD’S RICHEST PLACE

INSIDE JAPAN’S HOST CLUBS: MALE GEISHAS OR JUST PRETTY MEN?

MY MOTHER AND MAO, SINGAPORE TAXES AND THE RISE OF HONG KONG PROPERTY: THE ROBERT KUOK MEMOIRS

ROAD TO DOKLAM: WHEN WILL CHINA AND INDIA START TALKING ABOUT THE 1962 WAR HONESTLY?

WHO GAINED THE MOST FROM HONG KONG’S COLONIAL ERA: BRITAIN, CHINA OR THE CITY?

WHAT’S REALLY BEHIND THAILAND’S HOSTILITY TO CHINESE TOURISTS?

WHY IS RACISM SO BIG IN JAPAN?

MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLIGHT 370 SEARCH: WHY GIVE HOPE WHEN THERE WAS NONE?

ONE OF 60 MILLION: LIFE AS A ‘LEFT-BEHIND’ CHILD IN CHINA

‘I TRAFFICKED WOMEN AT A FAMOUS HONG KONG NIGHTCLUB’