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The Best China, an expression traditionally used to refer to the finest crockery brought out when one is entertaining special guests, has been adapted here to mean the Best Chinese Tradition of free-thinking discursive prose. This anthology of essays from Hong Kong and the diaspora, ranging across the past hundred and seventy years, records the intellectual ferment that has always characterised the city since its founding in 1842, sometimes restless and questioning, sometimes meditative and lyrical, always civilised, and buoyed by an all-pervasive and indomitable spirit of freedom.

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  1. Front Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Series Editor's Preface
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Translations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. xiv-xv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xvi-xxix
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  1. Section I. Forerunners
  1. 'The Poetry of the Chinese'
  2. Sir John Francis Davis
  3. pp. 3-10
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  1. 'Nymphs of Perfect Beauty'
  2. Karl Gützlaf
  3. pp. 11-24
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  1. 'The Colony of Hongkong: Reminiscences of a Long Residence in the East'
  2. James Legge
  3. pp. 25-30
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  1. 'James Legge & Hong Kong'
  2. Wang Tao
  3. pp. 31-42
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  1. 'Chinese Street-Cries of Hongkong'
  2. Johannes Nacken
  3. pp. 43-54
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  1. 'Hongkong: Haven of Refuge, Home of the Free'
  2. E. J. Eitel
  3. pp. 55-58
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  1. 'The Bamboo'
  2. James Dyer Ball
  3. pp. 59-66
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  1. 'The Singsong Girls of Canton'
  2. Cecil Clementi
  3. pp. 67-90
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  1. 'I Got My Ideas in Hong Kong'
  2. Sun Yat-sen
  3. pp. 91-96
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  1. Section II. More Recent Times
  1. 'Cutting Grass'
  2. Liu Ts'un-yan
  3. pp. 99-114
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  1. 'Bannerman in Hong Kong'
  2. Liu Ts'un-yan
  3. pp. 115-120
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  1. 'Shelley Street'
  2. Anthony C. Yu
  3. pp. 121-136
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  1. 'Somerset Maugham and My Father'
  2. Stephen C. Soong
  3. pp. 137-168
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  1. 'That Little Brat Trinket'
  2. Louis Cha
  3. pp. 169-188
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  1. 'The Many Faces of Louis Cha'
  2. Margaret Ng
  3. pp. 189-202
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  1. 'Going in Opposite Directions: Louis Cha and Me'
  2. Lee Yee
  3. pp. 203-208
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  1. 'Freedom and Information'
  2. Jimmy Lai
  3. pp. 209-220
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  1. 'Back in the Year 1984'
  2. Lee Yee
  3. pp. 221-228
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  1. 'This Time I Just Want to Entertain Myself-Preface to The Drunkard'
  2. Liu Yichang
  3. pp. 229-234
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  1. 'Memories of Wong Siu-kit'
  2. David Hawkes
  3. pp. 235-240
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  1. 'Fighting Their Writing: The Unholy Lingo of RLS and Kung Fu Tse'
  2. Timothy Mo
  3. pp. 241-266
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  1. 'The Walled City of Kowloon'
  2. Leung Ping-kwan
  3. pp. 267-270
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  1. 'The Sorrows of Lan Kwai Fong'
  2. Leung Ping-kwan
  3. pp. 271-274
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  1. 'A Conversation with Mahler in Paradise'
  2. Leo Ou-fan Lee
  3. pp. 275-290
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  1. 'The Drawer'
  2. Xi Xi
  3. pp. 291-296
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  1. 'Last Respects Is Both a Source of Anguish for the Living and an Insult to the Dead'
  2. San Su
  3. pp. 297-300
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  1. 'Getting High' and Other Essays
  2. Ha Gong
  3. pp. 301-314
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  1. 'Loneliness among the Mountain Flowers-Xiao Hong in Hong Kong'
  2. Xiao Si
  3. pp. 315-322
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  1. 'Raising the Bamboo Curtain' and Other Essays
  2. Tung Chiao
  3. pp. 323-334
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  1. 'Memento Mori'
  2. Chip Tsao
  3. pp. 335-339
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  1. Other Works in the Series
  2. p. 340
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  1. Back Cover
  2. p. 341
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789882378575
Related ISBN
9789882371972
MARC Record
OCLC
1228116269
Pages
280
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-17
Language
English
Open Access
No

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