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Hong Kong (Forthcoming)

Growing Pains

Jonathan Ng


English , 2020/11 Proverse Hong Kong

Tags: Poetry, Hong Kong

210 x 145 mm , 74pp ISBN : 978-988-8492-13-8

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HONG KONG: GROWING PAINS is an exploration of the city of Hong Kong, detailing experiences that exist within its ever-changing space, examining some of the pressures felt while growing up in the financial entrepôt, before moving on to the translation of emotions felt during the tumultuous second half of 2019, as protests rocked the amorphous Special Administrative Region. Hong Kong: Growing Pains is Jon Ng’s first published collection.

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Advance Comment

These poems are a love letter to Hong Kong, and a tribute to the small joys that the city offers those who slow down and take stock of their surroundings. The collection takes us on a spatial and temporal journey through the city, offering solace and familiarity in a time of change. It is often so difficult to write about Hong Kong without resorting to orientalist and colonial tropes, and Jon has quietly defied these stereotypes with nuanced lines that brim with honesty and emotion. Jon Ng is not only a Hong Kong poet but a true Hong Konger in every sense of the word.

—Karen Cheung, editor and journalist, Hong Kong


JON NG lives in Hong Kong, where he writes poetry and teaches English literature. He was born and raised in Canada. His subsequent move to Hong Kong has left him pondering his own identity as a non-Cantonese speaker in this people and culture-dense city. His work has appeared in a few publications, winning second runner-up in 2019 for Hong Kong’s Top Story Competition, on the online platform of EastLit in 2015 and in the poetry anthology Twin Cities in 2018. 

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