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Tibet, the Last Cry
Eric Meyer

Blacksmith Books, 2014

Eric and Laurent were the only freelance journalists allowed into Tibet following the March 2008 riots. They saw the friction between two cultures who live in mistrust. Police and soldiers patrol the towns, while crowds of Han immigrants pour into the region like new frontier settlers seeking their fortunes. Tibet is going through drastic change, shaking up ancient ways of life and altering the fragile ecological balance of the once-nomadic ...
  
  











  



  
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.
  
  











  



  
Waiting for the Dalai Lama: Stories from All Sides of the Tibetan Debate
Annelie Rozeboom

Blacksmith Books, 2011

Why does the issue of Tibet rouse such passions on both sides? To find out, Annelie Rozeboom interviewed Tibetans inside and outside Tibet, as well as Chinese and Western observers and the Dalai Lama himself. As these people explain their experiences, the reader sees why they think the way they do, and why the Tibetans and Chinese have taken such opposing positions. A collection of very different viewpoints which look at Tibet from all angles.
  
  











  



  
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) ...
  
  











  



  
My Private China
Alex Kuo

Blacksmith Books, 2013

What do people in China look forward to when they get up in the morning? What is the mentor of Ling Ling like? What about the personal friend of Chairman Mao – and how does his granddaughter relate to him after the murderous Cultural Revolution? What do the numerous evangelical Americans really think of the Chinese? These essays portray the private China, and provide indispensable cultural information for anyone interested in China in the 21st ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
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.
  
  











  



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

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 ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
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.
  
  











  



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

Blacksmith Books, 2014

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 ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
Sketches of the Southside: Aberdeen Harbour and Repulse Bay to Stanley Market and Shek O
Lorette E. Roberts

Blacksmith Books, 2014

Hong Kong’s Southside – the glimmering southern shore of the main island – is a weekend paradise of restaurants, markets and beaches. But Lorette has discovered much more. Here are vignettes of the old villages, complete with traditional watchtowers, temples and scarecrows; sketches from visits to a pristine marine reserve; a sampan trip to see the fisherfolk, and a secret tunnel to underground wine cellars. See rugged shores and stunning ...
  
  











  



  
Hong Kong On Air
Muhammad Cohen

Blacksmith Books, 2010

For TV producer Laura Wellesley, the morning show at FGN Asia means going to bed before dark and swallowing the first rule of broadcast news: the anchor is always right, especially when it's American-born Chinese egomaniac Deng Jiang Mao. As the 1997 handover boom fizzles into the Asian economic bust, her marriage and career tumble into a maze of betrayal, high finance, hot tubs, and cheap lingerie. The backstage secrets of television news!
  
  











  



  
Walking the Tycoon's Rope: How ambition drove a poor boy from Ningbo to compete with the richest men of Hong ...
Robert Wang

Blacksmith Books, 2013

Robert Wang fled the Chinese civil war as a child and came to Hong Kong with nothing. It was a harsh place in the 1950s but he was determined to rise to the top. With the 1997 handover to China approaching, and no one knowing what the end of British rule would bring, Robert hatched an audacious scheme to safeguard the fortunes of Hong Kong’s richest tycoons –- but swimming with sharks has its dangers.
  
  











  



  
Explore Macau: A Walking Guide and History
Todd Crowell

Blacksmith Books, 2011

The 450-year-old city of Macau - the former Portuguese colony returned to China in 1999 - is made for walking. Only seven miles square, one can easily walk from the Border Gate to the A-Ma Temple in a day. This guide describes nine walks around peninsular Macau and its outlying islands, sufficient to explore and understand this fascinating city and its unique blend of European and Asian architecture, cuisine and culture.
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
Roots, Fruits, Shoots and Leaves: A Guide to Shopping at Chinese Fresh Food Markets
Pam Shookman

Blacksmith Books, 2013

Have you ever wondered about that wacky-looking fruit staring back at you in the market? Or did you want to know how to prepare a seasonal Chinese vegetable, but don’t have the language or culinary skills? This pocket-sized guidebook to fresh produce – with photographs, pronunciation guides, Chinese characters and advice on cooking – will help tourists, foodies and adventurous shoppers navigate the colorful markets of China, Hong Kong and ...
  
  











  








   



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