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  • cemetery miss you

cemetery miss you

Jason S. Polley

English , 2011/01 Proverse Hong Kong

Tags: Literature

210 x 148 mm , 144pp ISBN / ISSN : 978-988-19932-8-1

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ABOUT THE BOOK "cemetery miss you" recounts the first year or so of a Pakistani illegal's experiences in Hong Kong. The work begins by detailing the boy-man's middle-class experiences in Pakistan, before he's all-but-forced to flee the place after shooting a man severally point-blank in the name of family honour. His life in Hong Kong begins as a life of poverty, living on the streets. Less than a year later he's buying rounds of drinks on The Peak, driving around in private cars, spending thousands of dollars on footwear, and making regular short trips to mainland China. Saa Ji, a name adopted by a host of Indian Subcontinent illegals and refugees in Hong Kong, tells not only his own story, but also the untold story of so many peripheral figures in Hong Kong, figures compelled into unimaginably intricate underworld networks—and not because of ethical unsoundness or suspectness. Instead, these perpetually marginalized and institutionally desperate figures have no other options. Saa Ji speaks of alterity in Hong Kong, of the otherness we all criminally ignore. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jason S Polley divides his time between reading, scuba diving, practicing yoga, motorcycling, and getting tattooed. His first book, a collection of short travel narratives in verse, titled "refrain", was published by Proverse in 2010. "cemetery miss you", his second creative nonfiction, captures the memoirs of a man who categorically goes by the anonymous moniker "Saa Ji," as do a litany of Hong Kong's Pakistani and Indian illegal residents. "cemetery miss you" was begun in May 2009 and completed one year later so as to meet the deadline for the 2010 Proverse Prize. Since 1998, Polley has lived in Guangzhou, Montreal, Bogota, Guayaquil, and Hong Kong. He's currently assistant professor of literary theory, American culture, and contemporary fiction at Hong Kong Baptist University.

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