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 lawyer, published author, and contributor to The Guardian, The South China Morning Post, Hong Kong Free Press and EJInsight. His social commentary blog As I See It and restaurant/movie review site The Real Deal have attracted a cult following in Asia and beyond. Between 2014 and 2016, he was a music critic for Time Out (HK).
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. His short stories have appeared in various anthologies. In 2017, Jason co-edited and contributed to Hong Kong 20/20, an anthology that marks the 20th anniversary of the handover. In July 2017, he was appointed Advising Editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) China Channel, working with historian Jeff Wasserstrom and writer Alec Ash. He will be co-editing Hong Kong Noir, the latest addition to Akashic Books' critically acclaimed international noir series, with Chicago-based writer Susan Blumberg-Kason. Jason 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. He is also a core member of the Progressive Lawyers Group, an organization that advocates law reform and upholds the rule of law in Hong Kong.
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, Thailand and Taiwan. He has been interviewed or cited by, among others, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, Forbes, USA Today, The Telegraph, The Independent, The Irish Times, The Globe and Mail, Le Monde, La Reppubblica, De 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 dual 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 a 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.