The Hong Kong International Literary Festival

7 June 2016 — Jason Ng: Umbrellas in Bloom

Over the next hour, we kept hearing shots being fired. Boom boom boom, like fireworks on Chinese New Year’s Day. The use of tear gas had caught the city by surprise.

What is happening to my city?

Tonight in Hong Kong, there were prayers, tears and a lot of unanswered questions. I turned on my computer and started writing. I wanted the world to know.

On September 28th 2014 Jason Ng witnessed one of the most important and shocking days in Hong Kong’s history – the beginning of the Umbrella Movement.

Umbrellas in Bloom, the final instalment of Jason’s Hong Kong Trilogy, is the first book written in English about the Umbrella Movement. It offers an insightful, true-to-life and analytical representation of this historical event.

Jason is in conversation with Nick J. Thorpe.

Jason NgUmbrellas in Bloom

Event details:

Tuesday 7 June 2016
7:00PM – 8:00PM (Reception begins at 6:30PM)
KEE Club
6/F, 32 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong

 Tickets are priced at $198 and include a glass of wine.

Eventbrite - Peter Wood: Mud Between Your Toes

About the Author

Born in Hong Kong, Jason Y. Ng is a globetrotter who spent his entire adult life in Italy, Canada and the United States before settling in his birthplace to rediscover this roots. Jason is the bestselling author of HONG KONG State of Mind (2010) and No City for Slow Men (2013). His short stories have appeared in various anthologies. Jason is a resident blogger for The South China Morning Post and a contributor to TimeOut and Manifesto magazines. His social commentary blog “As I See It” and lifestyle column “The Real Deal” have attracted a cult following on blogsphere. Jason speaks frequently at universities and cultural events and appears from time to time on radio and television.

About the Moderator

Nick J. Thorpe is a former business and consumer journalist whose work has appeared across Europe in a wide range of publications including BBC, Huffington Post, Independant, Guardian, Daily Mail, FT, The Economist, MSN and many more. Now a writer and author based in Hong Kong, he also provides advice and consultancy as Text 100’s Content Director to major brands such as Four Seasons, Peroni, WeChat, JLL, Verizon and FedEx in Hong Kong and across Asia Pacific. He recently released his debut book – 52 New Things – about his journey to conquer the boredom of modern life. Find out more at

Save the Date.

The 17th HKILF will run from 3 - 12 November 2017. Don't miss out and sign up to our alerts.

Support Us

Become a Festival supporter today.

Buy Tickets.

Tickets on sale now for the 2017 HKILF.