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November 13, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Fringe Underground Theatre

Life Histories

The authors of two recent Hong Kong memoirs discuss the delicate balance of memory and storytelling required to capture one’s own life on the page. In Rabbit in the Moon Heather Diamond chronicles her mid-life reinvention and move from the US to Hong Kong, involving intercultural marriage, language and cultural barriers and the importance of family. Renowned Hong Kong surgeon Arthur van Langenberg describes his eventful 50-year career in medicine and his lifelong passion for gardening with equal fascination in From Scalpel to Spade: A Surgeon’s Road to Ithaca. The conversation is moderated by Jane Ram, writer and gardener, Hong Kong resident for almost 60 years. 

This event is supported by the U.S. Consulate General of Hong Kong and Macao.

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Heather Diamond is an American writer living in Hong Kong since 2018. She is the author of Rabbit in the Moon: a Memoir. 


Arthur van Langenberg has had an eventful life as a surgeon, with his special interest in gardening helping him to keep an even keel and tempering the stresses of a difficult profession. Now close to retirement, surgery is giving way to gardening.