I’ve been waiting a long time for this week! Tonight marks the 14th anniversary of when the UK handed Hong Kong back to China. And to mark this occasion, I’m giving away two copies of a book I was honored to contribute to several years back.
Fifty-Fifty: New Hong Kong Writing (Haven Books, 2008) looks into the question of Hong Kong’s chances leading up to 2047, when its autonomy expires. Will Hong Kong be absorbed into China in 36 years? Or will China and Hong Kong continue to run on separate paths?
The book is filled with eclectic creative non-fiction, short stories, and poetry, and has received critical acclaim in Hong Kong. I wrote an essay about my experience with language in Hong Kong.
So here’s how the giveaway works. Simply leave a comment under this post with the first word that comes to mind when you think about Hong Kong. (I once dated a guy whose parents had recently returned from a package tour to Hong Kong and Japan. Upon hearing that I’d lived in Hong Kong, the mother asked if I spoke Japanese. So even if “Japanese” is the word that comes to mind, leave it as a comment.)
I have to approve the comments, so they won’t appear right away. I’ll send a copy of this book to the first two people (anywhere in the world) who comment, but you won’t see your comments until maybe tomorrow.
The book has gone through two printings and the cover I’ve posted is from the second printing. I’m going to give away copies from the first printing, so the cover will be different, but the content the same.
Have fun and good luck!