Interview with Andreas von Buddenbrock: ‘The Ink Trail: Hong Kong’
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by Matteo Damiani
3M ago
The Making of ‘The Ink Trail: Hong Kong’. Andreas von Buddenbrock is a Swedish artist known for his detailed ink drawings and the main illustrator of the “World’s Largest Coloring Book,” a Guinness World Record-winning project. Educated at BASIS School of Art in Stockholm and the Savannah College of Art and Design, he has worked in New York and is now based in Hong Kong, where he illustrates under “The Ink Trail: Hong Kong“, published by Blacksmith Books. His work includes commissions for FC Barcelona and Hang Seng Bank among others. Buddenbrock is recognized for his black and white imagery, e ..read more
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Melville Jacoby: An American Lens on Asia’s War, Interview with Bill Lascher, authot of “A Danger Shared”
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by Matteo Damiani
3M ago
Melville Jacoby’s unseen WWII photographs capturing the essence of Asia’s conflict and resilience “A Danger Shared: A Journalist’s Glimpses of a Continent at War”, published by Blacksmith Books uncovers the poignant story of Melville Jacoby, an American journalist whose untimely death at 25 belied a career of remarkable depth and influence. The project, initiated by Jacoby’s relative, Bill Lascher, brings to the forefront a trove of unseen World War II-era photographs capturing the human and historical complexities of Asia under siege. What began with the gift of Jacoby’s typewriter evolved in ..read more
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The Ink Trail: Hong Kong, Sketching the Soul of the City
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by China Underground
3M ago
Exploring Hong Kong through Detailed Ink Drawings by Andreas von Buddenbrock. “The Ink Trail: Hong Kong” is a book that presents a unique visual exploration of Hong Kong through the ink drawings of Swedish artist Andreas von Buddenbrock. Known by his pseudonym “The Ink Trail,” von Buddenbrock captures the vibrant life, architecture, and landscapes of Hong Kong. Published by Blacksmith Books, the collection showcases drawings from 2017 to 2023, offering readers not only a visual feast but also personal anecdotes and insights into the artist’s creative process. “The Ink Trail: Hong Kong” is a re ..read more
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The Good War of Consul Reeves by Peter Rose
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by China Underground
4M ago
The Good War of Consul Reeves: An Account of War-Time Neutrality in Macao The Good War of Consul Reeves is a historical book by Peter Rose that chronicles the life and actions of John Reeves, the British consul in Macao, during the early 1940s, just before and during the Pacific War. This period marks a critical time in world history, with the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor and Hong Kong signaling the start of hostilities in the Pacific theater. However, Macao, a small Portuguese colony in southern China, remained untouched by the war due to Portugal’s neutral status. The narrative details h ..read more
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Traversing Time and Cultures in “Silk Road Centurion”, Interview with Scott Forbes Crawford
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by Matteo Damiani
5M ago
Blending History with Imagination. Scott Forbes Crawford, the author behind “Silk Road Centurion,” published by Camphor Press, “The Han-Xiongnu War 133 BC – 89 AD,” and the forthcoming “The Phoenix and the Firebird,” has a varied portfolio that spans historical fiction, academic research, and contributions to magazines and anthologies. His time in Beijing and Taipei has deeply influenced his understanding of Asian histories and cultures, a theme prevalent throughout his work. Crawford, who now lives in Japan with his family, consistently merges detailed historical insights with creative storyt ..read more
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Author Exclusions Cast Shadow on Hugo Awards in China
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by China Underground
6M ago
2023 Hugo Awards Under Scrutiny: Author Exclusions Raise Censorship Concerns. Controversy shrouds the 2023 Hugo Awards, a globally renowned celebration of science fiction and fantasy literature, following its inaugural hosting in Chengdu, China. The event has attracted criticism due to the absence of several notable authors and works from the award nominations, leading to suspicions of potential meddling or censorship. Related article: Interview with Rebecca F. Kuang RF Kuang’s novel Babel, recognized as the Fiction Book of the Year at the 2023 British Book Awards, along with an episode from N ..read more
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Simon Choa-Johnston: Weaving Personal and Cultural Histories into Bestselling Novels
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by China Underground
6M ago
Theatrical Expertise Meets Literary Craft in Choa-Johnston’s Historical Narratives. Simon Choa-Johnston, a notable playwright and director, has released two novels centered on his family’s history. Born in Hong Kong into a Eurasian family with a history spanning five generations in the region, Choa-Johnston’s heritage forms the backdrop of his literary works. His great grandfather, Emanuel Raphael Belilios, was a prominent opium merchant in 19th-century Hong Kong, originally from a Sephardic Jewish family in Calcutta, India. Belilios made significant contributions to Hong Kong, including phila ..read more
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25+ Essential Books for a Broader Understanding of China
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by China Underground
7M ago
Some of the Best Chinese Books to Explore the Many Facets of China. Two Millennia of Storytelling: Essential Picks from Chinese Literature. China’s narrative, spanning millennia, is a composite of diverse histories, cultures, and transitions. Capturing this vastness is a challenge, but literature offers an illuminating window. Each book on China is like a lens, magnifying different facets of its intricate story. From the mystic oracle bone inscriptions of the Shang dynasty to the elegant verses of the Tang poets, followed by the vibrant narratives of the Ming and Qing periods, the Chinese lite ..read more
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Harmony Express: A Look into China’s Fast-Track Change
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by China Underground
7M ago
Thomas Bird Chronicles China’s Rail Revolution. Thomas Bird, once the editor of a lifestyle magazine and a rock band member, found himself in southern China after significant changes in his personal and professional life. With a focus on using China Railways as a means to document and understand the rapid transformation occurring within the country, Bird embarked on a years-long journey that took him through various landscapes and brought him into contact with a myriad of individuals. BUY THE BOOK The backdrop of Bird’s travels is China’s extraordinary investment in its railway network, a boom ..read more
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Shanghai Demimondaine: Lorraine Murray’s Untold Story, Interview with Nick Hordern
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by China Underground
7M ago
A Riveting Tale of Society, Scandal, and Survival in Early 20th Century Shanghai: Interview with Nick Hordern Nick Hordern’s latest work, “Shanghai Demimondaine,” offers readers a meticulously researched account of the city’s complex historical landscape through the life of Lorraine Murray. Transitioning from a sex worker to a society matron, Murray’s story provides a humanized lens on Shanghai’s transformation during the early 20th century. Hordern, known for his detailed narratives and historical accuracy, pieces together a narrative that not only charts an individual’s tumultuous journey bu ..read more
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