01 July 2017

About the Author 關於作者

Born in Hong Kong, Jason Y. Ng is a globetrotter who spent his entire adult life in Italy, the United States and Canada before returning to his birthplace to rediscover his roots. He is a full-time lawyer, a published author, a contributor to the South China Morning PostEJInsight, and Hong Kong Free Press. His social commentary blog As I See It and restaurant and movie review site The Real Deal have attracted a cult following in Asia and beyond.

Jason is the bestselling author of Umbrellas in Bloom (2016), No City for Slow Men (2013) and HONG KONG State of Mind (2010). Together, the three books form a Hong Kong trilogy that tracks the city's post-colonial development. Jason's short stories have appeared in various anthologies. He is a member of the Foreign Correspondents' Club and the Hong Kong Writers' Circle.

Jason is also a social activist. He is an ambassador for Shark Savers and an outspoken advocate for Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement, the freedom of expression, and the rights of foreign domestic workers and other minority groups. Jason is a co-founder and the President of PEN Hong Kong, the local chapter of PEN International which promotes literature and defends the freedom of expression around the world.

Jason has been featured at, among others, the Hong Kong Book Fair, the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, the Beijing Bookworm Literary Festival, the Singapore Writers Festival, the Cooler Lumpur Literary Festival, and Raising the Bar (HK)He speaks frequently on television and radio and at universities and cultural events.

Jason appeared in Netflix's award-winning documentary "Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower" (2017). He has appeared on television and radio in the United States, Britain, Australia, France, Sweden, the Netherlands, Korea and Thailand. He has been interviewed or cited by, among others, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The GuardianThe Los Angeles Times, Forbes, USA Today, The Telegraph, The Independent, The Irish Times, The Globe and MailLe Monde, La ReppubblicaDe Volkskrant, Dagens Nyheter, CNN, CBS News, BBC News, Reuters, the Associated Press, Bloomberg News, the Voice of America, Radio France and Agenzia Giornalistica Italia.

Jason earned his double degree in finance and electrical engineering from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a Juris Doctor and M.B.A. from the University of Toronto. He is admitted to the New York and the Massachusetts State Bars. 

In 2015, Jason was appointed Adjunct Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong, where he teaches international securities law for the Master of Laws (LLM) program. He has given guest lectures and talks at, among other places, Columbia University, New York University, University of California Los Angeles, the University of Toronto, York University, Thammasat University, Chulalongkorn University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Baptist University and Lingnan University.

Jason’s day job and personal interests make him a frequent traveler. Over the years, he has visited over 100 cities in more than 35 countries. He speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin and has working knowledge of Italian and French.

In addition to being a writer, Jason is an English teacher, classical singer and amateur photographer. His other interests include alpine skiing, mountain climbing, classical music and home cooking. In 2011, he was bestowed the title Man of the Year by Elle Men magazine for his diverse interests and balanced lifestyle. In 2013, he was the keynote speaker at the Harvard Club Book Prize awards ceremony. In 2017, he was featured in Men with Style Asia in an article titled "Renaissance Man." 

Jason lives in Hong Kong and can be contacted at info@jasonyng.com. For more, visit www.jasonyng.com.

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Jason makes frequent appearances on the literary circuit and university campuses. If you would like him to speak at your school or organization, please contact him by email.


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