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Past Events: 2015

Media coverage and speaking engagements in 2015

Co-hosted Hong Kong episode of KBS's "Wook's Food Odyssey" travel/food television series
Venue: Central, Admiralty, Pokfulam
Dates: 26 - 27 December
Air date: spring 2017

Venue: Broadcasting House, Kowloon Tong
Date: 17 December

Featured in Taipei Times
Publication date: 2 December 

Panel 1: "Crime and misdemeanors: a reading," moderated by Philip Holden
Panel 2: "Tweeting for change," moderated by Michelle Martin
Panel 3: "Where have all the readers gone?" moderated by Kenny Chan
Venue: Arts House (Old Parliament House), Singapore
Date: 7 & 8 November

Panel 1: "10 years in Hong Kong," moderated by Nick Thorpe
Panel 2: "Ghost Cave: Elsie Sze" (Ng as moderator)
Venue: Fringe Club, Central
Date: 5 November 

Featured in Apple Daily
Publication date: 27 September

Guest speaker/opinion leader at Harvey Nichols HK x MANIFESTO fall 2015 event
Venue: Harvey Nichols, The Landmark
Date: 25 September

Appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor at Faculty of Law of Hong Kong University, LLM program
Course: International Securities Law
Appointment date: September 2015
First lecture: Spring 2016

Featured in Bookazine's 30th Anniversary Ad Campaign and promotional video
Date: August

Moderator at Book Launch of China Rich Girlfriend
Featured author: New York Times bestselling author Kevin Kwan
Venue: Kee Club, Central
Date: 7 August

Guest speaker at official launch party of Hong Kong Free Press
Venue: Foreign Correspondents' Club, Central
Date: 31 July

Panel judge at Leadership & Social Entrepreneurship Program co-organized by Wimler Foundation and Ateneo University
Venue: Migrants Empowerment Resource Center MERC, Central
Date: 26 July & 9 August

Featured author at 2015 Hong Kong Book Fair
Panel: "Walking ten thousand miles," moderator by Oliver Chou
Venue: Hong Kong Convention Centre, Wanchai
Date: 18 July 

Speaking at the Hong Kong Book Fair 2015 with SCMP reporter Oliver Chou

Third printing of No City for Slow Men
Date: 16 July

Appearance on RTHK Radio3
Show: "Morning Brew" with presenter Phil Whelan
Topic: "Reading culture in Hong Kong"
Broadcast date: 15 July

Two interviews with Chip Tsao
Show: "Chip Tsao's Book Talk"
Broadcast date: 13 July

Guest speaker at Victoria Shanghai Academy
Topic: "How does living abroad influence one's writing and thinking?"
Venue: VSA, Wong Chuk Hang (via Skype)
Date: 26 June

Interview with Los Angeles Times
Article: "Hong Kong lawmakers reject election framework offered by Beijing" by Julie Makinen and Violet Law
Publication date: 18 June

Interview with Los Angeles Times
Article: "Hong Kong arrests 10 in suspected bomb plot" by Julie Makinen and Violet Law
Publication date: 15 June

Appearance on Malaysia's BFM Business Radio
Show: "Current Affairs" with presenter Sharaad Kuttan
Broadcast date: 4 June

Category: dim sum
Venue: Chinese Culinary Training Institute, Pokfulam
Date: 3 June

Joined Hong Kong Free Press as a columnist
Start date: June

Featured author at Polytechnic University's Writing Roundtable 2015
Topic: "From blogging to getting published"
Venue: PolyU English Language Centre, Hung Hom
Date: 15 May

South China Morning Post article "Pint-sized Heroes" reproduced in DVD box set booklet of Documentary Lessons in Dissent
Date: May

Interview with Associated Press
Publication date: 21 April

No City for Slow Men selected by Hong Kong Literary Group book club/guest speaker at book club meeting
Venue: Great Indian Kebab Factory, Central
Date: 18 April 

Featured speaker at Raising the Bar HK
Topic: "Hong Kong food culture in the shadow of gentrification"
Venue: KEE Club, Central
Date: 31 March

Speaker at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Anderson School of Manangement's Global Immersion Program (visiting from Los Angeles)
Topic: "The Umbrella Movement"
Venue: CUHK MBA Town Centre, Admiralty
Date: 26 March

Panel 1: "Hong Kong State of Mind" moderated by Los Angeles Times journalist Julie Makinen
Panel 2: "Meet the authors" moderated by Reuters editor John Foley
Venue: Sanlitun, Beijing
Date: 21 March 

Guest speaker/opinion leader at John Hardy x MANIFESTO spring 2015 event
Venue: John Hardy, The Landmark
Date: 5 March

Guest speaker at Victoria Shanghai Academy
Topic: "Writing and Journalism"
Venue: VSA, Wong Chuk Hang
Date: 3 March 

Speaker at opening ceremony of Wimler Foundation's Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship Program
Venue: Migrants Empowerment Resource Center MERC, Central
Date: 1 March

Guest Appearance on Discovery Network's TLC Channel
Broadcast date: 3 February

Endorsed Peter Gregoire's new novel The Devil You Know
Date: January

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2017 and upcoming events and speaking engagements

Keynote speaker at Leadership & Social Entrepreneurship Program graduation ceremony co-organized by Wimler Foundation and Ateneo University Venue: TBD Date: 22 October Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm

Guest lecture at Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong Course: International and regional protection of human rights
Topic: Universal suffrage and free expression Venue: Centennial Campus, Pokfulam Date:16 November
Time: 6:30pm

Legal workshop for foreign domestic workers at University of Hong Kong's Domestic Workers Empowerment Project (DWEP) Topic: "Understanding Hong Kong Culture" Moderator: Dr. Michael Manio Venue: Ming Wah Complex, University of Hong Kong Date: 19 November Time: 1:30 to 4:00pm

Talk at Independent Schools Foundation Academy
Topic: No City for Slow Men
Venue: Telegraph Bay, Pokfulam
Date: 30 November
Contributor to HK24 (2017 Anthology by Hong Kong Writers Circle) Release date: December

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