Historical Fiction




Han, Suyin . (1942). Destination Chungking. London: Jonathan Cape, Rpt. 1973 London: Granada.

This memoir by Han Suyin is not really about Hong Kong. But like Somerset Maugham’s The Painted Veil, it has an interesting Hong Kong beginning, and merits the attention of readers interested in mid-twentieth century anglophone writing about the colony. The third chapter is of special interest. Returning from England, the first-person narrator and her army officer husband passed through Hong Kong en route to joining the nationalist forces on the mainland.  The chapter offers vivid glimpses of intra-Chinese ethnic contact amidst the constant movement  of people and goods in the colony during the unstable war years. Hong Kong’s vernacular and economic cosmopolitanism is described with an  observant eye. (EH)


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