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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.
  
  











  



  
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) ...
  
  











  



  
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 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 ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
Remembering Bruce Lee: And Jon Benn's Other Adventures
Jon T. Benn

Blacksmith Books, 2015

Even four decades after the passing of Asian martial-arts superstar Bruce Lee, his achievements still attract adoration from millions of movie fans. The biggest fan of all may be Jon Benn, who befriended the high-kicking hero while playing "the Big Boss," a villain in Lee's 1972 movie, The Way of the Dragon. In this tell-tale autobiography, Jon reminisces fondly about his experiences with Lee and a lifetime of other adventures. Much has happened ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
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!
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
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.
  
  











  



  
Whispers and Moans: Interviews with the Men and Women of Hong Kong's Sex Industry
Yeeshan Yang

Blacksmith Books, 2010

With glitzy nightclubs, saunas, karaoke lounges and brothels, Hong Kong's sex business is booming. But how do local prostitutes compete with an endless supply of girls from China? To find out, Yang spent a year with the city's hookers. The result is an eye-opening book which shows the human side of sex for sale - easy money, financial ruin and hopeless relationships - and first-hand insights into the huge but hidden sex industry.
  
  











  



  
Chinese Ghosts Revisited: A Study of Paranormal Beliefs and Experiences
Charles Emmons

Blacksmith Books, 2015

Do the Chinese experience ghosts, hauntings, ESP and other paranormal phenomena just like Americans? Or is their culture so different that the accounts in this book, collected in Hong Kong in 1980/81 and updated by recent materials over 30 years later, will seem bizarre to anyone else? Interestingly, in spite of clear influences from ancestor worship and Confucian, Taoist and Buddhist culture, parapsychological theories of apparitions from the ...
  
  











  



  
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.
  
  











  



  
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.
  
  











  



  
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.
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
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.
  
  











  








   



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