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an authentic voice,
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This review is from: Diamond Hill: Memories of Growing Up in a Hong Kong Squatter Village (Paperback)
It is people like Feng who made Hong Kong what it is today. A streetwise kid from a cohesive family with little money but a strong work ethic, who climbed the academic ladder into the medical profession. He is of the generation who saw Hong Kong only as a place to leave, to move onto better things, but this book is in many respects a bold repudiation of this emigrant ethos. Times have changed, Hong Kong is now a place where people have roots, and this book is Feng's examination of his roots.
I loved Feng's use of language. It is the authentic voice of an English-speaking educated Hong Kong Chinese. Possessing literary flair and equally at home with American and British idioms in a way which no Briton or American could be. For the benefit of his English-speaking audience he is also able (with frequent generosity and clarity) to explain the subtleties and infinite punning possibilities of the Chinese dialects.
A book which will stick in my mind for a long time.
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