Umbrellas in Bloom: Hong Kong's occupy movement uncovered


The Umbrella Movement in 2014 put Hong Kong on the world map and elevated this docile, money-minded Asian island to a model for pro-democracy campaigns across the globe. Umbrellas in Bloom is the first book available in English to chronicle this history-making event, written by bestselling author Jason Y. Ng based on his firsthand account at the main protest sites.

An account that is “compelling and full of surprises” that “combines a journalist’s precision with a Hong Konger’s passionate heart” (Bloomberg Television), the book takes the reader through the 79-day struggle – from the firing of the first shot of tear gas by riot police to the evacuation of the last protester from the downtown encampments.

Together with HONG KONG State of Mind (2010) and No City for Slow Men (2013), Umbrellas in Bloom forms a Hong Kong trilogy by Jason Y. Ng that traces the city’s sociopolitical development since its return to Chinese rule.

Umbrellas in Bloom will be on sale at the book launch and talk, so join us and get your copy of autographed by Jason!

This book launch is made possible with support from our Venue Partner, TheatreWorks 72-13.

The talk is moderated by Ja Ian Chong, assistant professor of political science at the National University of Singapore.

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About the Writer

Jason Y. Ng is the bestselling author of HONG KONG State of Mind (2010) and No City for Slow Men (2013). His latest work, Umbrellas in Bloom (2016), is the first book in English to chronicle the occupy movement that rattled Hong Kong in 2014 and forever changed the political landscape of the former British colony. Zeb Ebert of Bloomberg Television called the book “authoritative, compelling and full of surprises” and Didi Tatlow of the New York Times said that it “offers a vivid account with firsthand observations.”

Born in Hong Kong, Ng spent his entire adult life in Italy, the United States and Canada before returning to his birthplace in 2005 to rediscover his roots. He is a contributing writer to the South China Morning Post, TimeOut HK, EJInsight and Hong Kong Free Press. His social commentary blog As I See It and review site The Real Deal have attracted a cult following in Asia and beyond. Ng’s short stories have appeared in various anthologies. He speaks frequently on television and radio and at universities and cultural events.

Ng is also a full-time lawyer and an adjunct associate professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong. For more, visit www.jasonyng.com.


About the Moderator

Ja Ian Chong is assistant professor of political science and an associate research fellow with the East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore. He previously worked with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. and the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies in Singapore, and was a Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program fellow. Dr. Chong’s work crosses the fields of international relations, comparative politics, and political sociology, with a focus on security issues relating to China and East Asia. He follows the interplay of social movements, politics, and foreign policy in East Asia closely.

Dr. Chong received support from the East-West Center, Hong Kong Research Grants Council, Sasakawa Foundation, Singapore Ministry of Education, Social Science Research Council, and Woodrow Wilson Circle of Fellows for his research. His work appears in a number of journals, edited volumes, and newspapers, including the China Quarterly, European Journal of International Relations, International Security, and Security Studies. Dr. Chong is author of External Intervention and the Politics of State Formation: China, Thailand, Indonesia – 1893-1952, Cambridge University Press, 2012, winner of the 2013/4 Best Book Award from the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association.
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