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Wing Chun Warrior: The True Tales of Wing Chun Kung Fu Master Duncan Leung, Bruce Lee's Fighting Companion
Ken Ing

Blacksmith Books, 2010

The story of Duncan Leung ? childhood friend of Bruce Lee, disciple of legendary master Yip Man, and New York kung fu teacher ? is valuable not only for its insights into martial arts but also for its portrayal of the lost Hong Kong of the 1950s and 1960s. Each anecdote is introduced with a proverb or teaching from Chinese philosophy, and illustrations follow each fight story, making for an educational and entertaining read.
  
  











  



  
Eating Smoke: One Man's Descent into Drug Psychosis in Hong Kong's Triad Heartland
Chris Thrall

Blacksmith Books, 2011

Chris Thrall left the Marines to find fortune in Hong Kong, but ended up homeless and addicted to crystal meth. He began working for the 14K, a notorious Hong Kong crime syndicate, as a doorman in the Wan Chai nightclub district. Dealing with psychosis, conspiracy and the 'Foreign Triad' -- a secretive expat clique that works with the Chinese gangs -- he had to survive in the world's most unforgiving city, addicted to the world's most ...
  
  











  



  
Dim Sum: A Survival Guide
Liza Chu

Blacksmith Books, 2010

Why limit yourself to the English menu when ordering dim sum? Chinese teacher Liza Chu has a part-time career as a Hong Kong dim sum guide, and she has distilled her knowledge of Chinese cuisine and dining etiquette into this practical guidebook to eating out. Each photographed dish is identified with Chinese characters, and icons alert those with special diets. This book is your passport to a world of adventurous - and delicious - dim sum.
  
  











  



  
The Taste of Old Hong Kong: Recipes and Memories From 30 Years on the China Coast
Fred Schneiter

Blacksmith Books, 2014

Reminiscences and recipes of favorite international dishes from households, fancy restaurants and back lanes which you can enjoy today in Hong Kong, that classy old gal who will forever reign as the Queen of Cuisine for all who knew her when she was the crown jewel of the British Empire. Fred Schneiter shares a nostalgic romp back into that less hurried era—and the tantalizing cuisines and tempting cookpot scents of that cozy time await you ...
  
  











  



  
The Eurasian Face
Kirsteen Zimmern

Blacksmith Books, 2011

Eurasians - those individuals with a mix of Caucasian and Asian heritage - are ubiquitous in today's media as models and actors, and are uniquely placed to take advantage of the growing commercial and cultural exchanges between East and West. This book of interviews and black-and-white portraits asks what it is to be Eurasian, and reveals how Eurasians see their place in the world.
  
  











  



  
China: Portrait of a People
Tom Carter

Blacksmith Books, 2010

From the subtropical jungles of Yunnan to the frozen wastes of Heilongjiang; across the scalding deserts of Xinjiang and beneath Hong Kong's neon blur.  Tramping through China by train, bus, boat, motorcycle, mule or hitching on the back of anything that moved.  On a budget so scant that he drew sympathetic stares from peasants. Backpacking photographer Tom Carter somehow succeeded in circumnavigating over 35,000 miles (56,000 kilometers) ...
  
  











  



  
Hong Kong State of Mind: 37 Views of a City That Doesn't Blink
Jason Y. Ng

Blacksmith Books, 2015

Hong Kong is a city where limousines outnumber taxi cabs, party-goers count down to Christmas every December 24, and giant billboards of fortune tellers and cram school tutors compete with breathtaking skylines. This collection of essays zeroes in on the city's idiosyncrasies with deadpan precision. An outsider looking in and an insider looking out, Jason Y. Ng has created a travel journal for the passing visitor, and a user's manual for the ...
  
  











  



  
The Yunnan Cookbook: Recipes from China's land of ethnic diversity
Annabel Jackson, Linda Chia

Blacksmith Books, 2014

Yunnan, an exotic, mountainous land of former kingdoms which borders Tibet, Sichuan, Burma, Vietnam and Laos, is the most bio-diverse province in China. It is quite possibly the most beautiful part of the country, and also the most culturally rich. Each ethnic minority has its own distinct cooking ingredients, spices, aromas and flavors—all brought together for the first time in this unique cookbook.
  
  











  



  
Hong Kong Noir: Fifteen true tales from the dark side of the city
Feng Chi-shun

Blacksmith Books, 2014

Retired pathologist Feng Chi-shun was once owner of a dive bar in Kowloon City: a rough part of town which was home to triad gangs. During that time, he heard a lot of stories. Do you want to know the details of the gruesome Hello Kitty murder, or what the taxi driver from hell did to his passengers? How about the ancient movie star who fooled hundreds of people for his final performance? And what was the truth about the girl with the eagle ...
  
  











  



  
Year of Fire Dragons: An American Woman's Story of Coming of Age in Hong Kong
Shannon Young

Blacksmith Books, 2015

When 22-year-old Shannon follows her Eurasian boyfriend to his hometown of Hong Kong, she thinks their long distance romance is over. But a month later his company sends him to London. Shannon embarks on a wide-eyed newcomer's journey through Hong Kong—alone. The city enchants her, forcing her to question her plans. Soon, she will need to choose between her new life and the love that first brought her to Asia.
  
  











  



  
Street Life Hong Kong: Outdoor Workers in their Own Words
Nicole Chabot

Blacksmith Books, 2015

Hong Kong is famous for its vibrant, busy street scene. This book introduces us to two dozen real people who provide its outdoor color. Here you'll meet a flower seller, a street musician, and a tram driver; a bouncer, a shoe shiner, and a gas canister delivery man; a tailor's tout and a lifeguard; one man who makes a living climbing bamboo scaffolding, and a woman who ferries visitors around the harbor on a sampan. Portrait photography by ...
  
  











  



  
With Bare Hands: The True Story of Alain Robert, the Real-life Spiderman
Alain Robert

Blacksmith Books, 2010

Overcoming vertigo - and countless injuries which have left him officially disabled - the 'Human Spider' has scaled nearly 100 skyscrapers worldwide: from Chicago's Sears Tower to Taipei 101, from the Petronas Towers to the Golden Gate Bridge. Reward and punishment have been received in equal measure - the flamboyant Frenchman has gained international fame and raised thousands of dollars for charity, but has also been arrested, beaten and ...
  
  











  



  
Chinese Gods: An Introduction to Chinese Folk Religion
Jonathan Chamberlain

Blacksmith Books, 2010

Chinese folk religion is the underlying belief system of more than a billion people. Wherever there is a Chinese community there are temples and shrines with altars, statues and paper images. But how do these beliefs connect to Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism? This book explains the building blocks of this religion, touching upon anthropology, history, numerology, feng shui, mythology, nature cults and ancestor worship. Includes colour images ...
  
  











  



  
Hong Kong for Kids: A Parent's Guide
Cindy Stephens

Blacksmith Books, 2012

American mother-of-three Cindy Miller Stephens has lived in Hong Kong for 15 years. Let her be your guide to all the fantastic child-friendly activities available in this vibrant city. This comprehensive book gives visiting families and relocating expats all the information they need for a successful stress-free outing with kids. Includes maps, fares, directions, child-friendly restaurants, Chinese addresses, and much more. Grab the kids, get ...
  
  











  



  
Lama of the Gobi: How Mongolia's Mystic Monk Spread Tibetan Buddhism in the World's Harshest Desert
Michael Kohn

Blacksmith Books, 2010

Danzan Ravjaa is perhaps Mongolia's most beloved saint. As a boy, he was only saved from Manchu execution by the intervention of the young Ninth Dalai Lama. He went on to become one of the greatest mystics and creative geniuses of his time. This book takes the reader on a journey through Mongolian history, Tibetan Buddhism and the traditions of nomadic culture to investigate the man and the many legends that surround him.
  
  











  



  
Paper Tigress: A life in the Hong Kong Government
Rachel Cartland

Blacksmith Books, 2014

Rachel Cartland came to Hong Kong in 1972 as one of just two female expatriates in the Hong Kong Government’s elite administrative grade. Before she retired in 2006, her life was shaped by the events that rocked Hong Kong during those momentous years: corruption and the police mutiny, currency crisis, Tiananmen Square, the change of sovereignty and the devastation of SARS. This accessible account of modern Hong Kong ranges from Kowloon’s ...
  
  











  



  
Sleeping Chinese
Bernd Hagemann

Blacksmith Books, 2010

In a country of a billion people, it can be hard to find a quiet spot to rest your head. But the Chinese are skilled at the art of extreme napping. Bernd Hagemann has spent six years taking photographs of Chinese people sleeping in seemingly impossible situations, and his website has gained a global following of people who wonder ?How is that possible?? This book portrays the less threatening side of China?s economic rise.
  
  











  



  
Getting Along with the Chinese: For Fun and Profit
Fred Schneiter

Blacksmith Books, 2015

Are the Chinese really so inscrutable? China Hand Fred Schneiter delves into the lighter side of Chinese psychology, and in doing so demystifies one of the toughest markets in the world. With an unfailing sense of humor, he offers insights for Sinophiles, Sinophobes and everyone in between. On the Hong Kong bestsellers list for twelve months, this book is now back in a new edition—the essential item to pack in your China survival kit.
  
  











  



  
No City for Slow Men: Hong Kong's Quirks and Quandaries Laid Bare
Jason Y. Ng

Blacksmith Books, 2015

Blogger Jason Y. Ng has a knack for making the familiar both fascinating and funny. This collection of 36 essays examines some of the pressing social issues facing Hong Kong. It takes us from the gravity-defying property market to the plunging depths of old age poverty, from urban streets to beckoning islands, from the culture-shocked expat to the misunderstood Mainland Chinese and the disenfranchised domestic worker. The result is ...
  
  











  



  
Sketches of Sai Kung: From Clearwater Bay to the Country Parks
Lorette E. Roberts

Blacksmith Books, 2014

The Sai Kung Peninsula is Hong Kong’s back garden – a place where people go to swim, hike, eat seafood, and otherwise escape the city. But besides the beaches and waterfront restaurants, there is an abundance of hidden attractions. In these pages you’ll find rolling green hills, gambling grannies, and walled villages; Sung-dynasty temples and rice farmers’ tools; fish markets, folk museums and wakeboarding clubs; a Chinese herbalist’s ...
  
  











  








   



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