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2008 - 2012 media attention and speaking engagements


2012

Book signing at Blacksmith Book Book-signing Extravaganza
Venue: Bookazine, Prince's Building, Central
Date: 26 November

Became resident blogger at South China Morning Post
Start date: September



Endorsed Matthew Harrison's new novel Benjamin Bunce
Date: 15 August

Became contributing writer for South China Morning Post's Encounters travel magazine and LifeSTYLE/Getaways supplements
Start date: June

Guest speaker at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)
Topic: "HONG KONG State of Mind"
Venue: SCAD, Cheung Sha Wan
Date: 24 May

Featured in Finnish Radio Station GB Times
Date: 23 May

Guest speaker at Savannah College of Art and Design
Topic: "HONG KONG State of Mind"
Venue: SCAD, Cheung Sha Wan
Date: 8 March

Launched review site The Real Deal
Date: 25 February

Release of As We See It, 2012 anthology by Hong Kong Writers Circle
Contributions: Two short stories "Going North" and "Going Sout…

A Farewell to Arms 永别了,武器

America is a bizarre country. To be an American — or to live in America — is to accept a few things that defy common sense. For starters, pizza is considered a “vegetable” under federal law. Two tablespoons of tomato paste on the dough is enough to make the pie healthy enough to be served at every public school cafeteria. Speaking of health, emergency rooms across the country routinely turn down trauma patients who fail to produce proof of health insurance. Facing skyrocketing healthcare costs, the uninsured are left for dead and the insured are worried sick about rising deductibles and annual premiums. Not bizarre enough? Here's another good one: gun shootings have become so commonplace that the evening news no longer reports them unless they are deemed a “shooting rampage.” And each time after a massacre, gun enthusiasts line up outside Wal-Mart to stock up on assault weapons for fear of tougher gun laws. That’s right, in America you can buy a military-style semi-automatic rifl…

Just Us Two 二人世界

One of the advantages of living in the 21st Century is that we get to choose the way we live our lives. When it comes to love and marriage, some stick to the white picket fence, while others cohabit without ever tying the knot. Still others stay blissfully single for life, free as birds. Same sex couples, ever the scourge of conservative society, can now legally marry in eleven countries and several American states. It is therefore all the more surprising that, in our age of live-and-let-live sexual liberation, one segment of society continues to be stigmatized by a stubborn social prejudice: married couples without children.

I am not talking about infertile people who can’t bear children — they get their fair share of pitiful looks from friends along with unsolicited advice on how to raise their sperm count. I am referring to married folks who, for financial, emotional or philosophical reasons, decide to stay child-free. While no one ever questions why we want children, those who c…