Ghosts, Beasts and Family Histories

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HKILF presents two outstanding new voices in international fiction whose debut novels trace the threads of family, culture and memory between Asia and the west. In Ghost Forest by Pik-Shuen Fung, the protagonist revisits memories of her “astronaut” father who stayed to work in Hong Kong after the rest of the family emigrated to Canada, and wonders how do you grieve if your family doesn’t talk about feelings? K-Ming Chang’s Bestiary is a novel of migration, queer lineages, and girlhood that encapsulates the experience of three generations of Taiwanese American women who are haunted by the myths of their homeland. Fung’s poetic, haunting voice and Chang’s inventive, electric prose have led to each being heralded as exceptional new talents. Today they share the lived experiences of migration and family, and expand on how they portray the complexities of these journeys through literature with Xu Xi, an Indonesian-Chinese Hong Kong author of 14 books and editor of four anthologies of Hong Kong writing in English. This event is supported by the Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong.

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