Since July 2020, the city of Hong Kong has gone through what can best be called a political and cultural reboot, erasing (or at least reconfiguring) its former hard drive. Two years on, It seems an appropriate moment to reflect on what the city of Hong Kong was and ponder what its future might bring. Here’s a free sampler of writing by Xu Xi 許素細, one of Hong Kong’s leading English language writers and a Signal 8 Press author. Two of the pieces in this sampler are from her forthcoming collection, Monkey in Residence & Other Speculations, pub date 01 November 2022. We hope you find this a thought provoking and stimulating read.
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XU XI 許素細 has authored or edited nineteen books, most recently This Fish Is Fowl (Nebraska 2019) and The Art and Craft of Asian Stories (Bloomsbury, 2021). An Indonesian-Chinese native of Hong Kong, she has long split her life between New York and Hong Kong. A diehard transnational, she is also founder of Authors at Large and the Mongrel Writers Residence™. She currently occupies the Jenks Chair in Contemporary Letters at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Follow her @xuxiwriter on FB, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
Also by Xu Xi:
Chinese Walls (novel)
Daughters of Hui (short fiction)
Hong Kong Rose (novel)
The Unwalled City (novel)
History’s Fiction (fiction)
Overleaf Hong Kong (short fiction & essays)
Evanescent Isles: From My City-Village (essays)
Habit of a Foreign Sky (novel)
Access (short fiction)
Interruptions (ekphrastic essays with photography by David Clarke)
That Man in Our Lives (novel)
Dear Hong Kong: An Elegy for a City (memoir)
City Voices: Hong Kong Writing in English (with Mike Ingham)
City Stage: Hong Kong Playwriting in English (with Mike Ingham)
Fifty-Fifty: New Hong Kong Writing
The Queen of Statue Square: New Short Fiction from Hong Kong (with Marshall Moore)