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VOLUME 5, NUMBER 4

AUGUST–OCTOBER 2020

HONG KONG

INTERVIEW

3 Kong Tsung-gan

5 Elaine Yu

The edict

Joshua Wong

HONG KONG

8 Jeffrey Wasserstrom City on Fire: The Fight for Hong Kong by Antony Dapiran;

Aftershock: Personal Essays on Hong Kong by Holmes Chan (ed)

POEM

9 Lok Man Law

‘Records of a Floating Island’

CHINA

11 Tom Baxter

Wuhan Diary: Dispatches from a Quarantined City by Fang Fang

POEMS Yuan Changming

FOREIGN RELATIONS 12 Michael Reilly

‘Woman-radical: A feminist lesson in Chinese characters’; ‘Fragmenting: A sonnet in infinitives’

Hidden Hand: Exposing How the Chinese Communist Party is Reshaping the World by Clive Hamilton and Mareike Ohlberg

SINGAPORE

NOTEBOOK

INDONESIA

MEMOIR

13 Theophilus Kwek

Air-Conditioned Nation Revisited: Essays on Singapore Politics by Cherian George

14 Anjan Sundaram

Asia matters

15 Lara Norgaard

The Jakarta Method: Washington’s Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped Our World by Vincent Bevins

16 Helen Jarvis First, They Erased Our Name: A Rohingya Speaks by Habiburahman

BIOGRAPHY

17 Gozde Deniz Altunkeser MBS: The Rise to Power of Mohammed bin Salman by Ben Hubbard

URBAN AFFAIRS 18 Anne Stevenson-Yang The Shenzhen Experiment: The Story of China’s Instant City by Juan Du

HISTORY

JOURNAL

20 Paul French

21 Louis Raymond

Champions Day: The End of Old Shanghai by James Carter

Personal history

FICTION/TRAVEL 23 Emily Ding

SHORT STORY

FICTION

24 Bao Ninh

25 David Payne

Stories of the Sahara by Sanmao

‘White clouds flying’

Lucky Ticket by Joey Bui

FICTION

26 Esther Kim

THE PHILIPPINES 27 Bryony Lau

FICTION

29 Anna MacDonald

The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See; White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn-Bracht

Insurrecto by Gina Apostol; The Kingmaker by Lauren Greenfield; America Is in the Heart by Carlos Bulosan

Rise & Shine by Patrick Allington

POEM Siddharth Dasgupta ‘Three photographs’

NOTEBOOK

POETRY

30 Pauline Fan

31 Michael Freeman

Carried away

Moving House by Theophilus Kwek

CONVERSATION 32 Rupert Arrowsmith Jennifer MacKenzie

NEIGHBOURHOOD 33 Febriana Firdaus

Ubud, Bali

PROFILE

POP CULTURE

34 Olivia Norrmén-Smith Voan Savay

36 Peter Guest mekongreview.com PUBLISHER & EDITOR Minh Bui Jones DEPUTY EDITOR Ben Wilson MANAGING EDITOR Robert Templer CONTRIBUTING EDITORS ko ko thett (poetry), Preeta Samarasan (fiction)

Pure Invention: How Japan’s Pop Culture Conquered the World by Matt Alt

TRAVEL

DESIGN Jess Barr WEBSITE Nicholas Lhoyd-Owen

37 Marc de Faoite

Coffee in Jeju

SUBSCRIPTION MANAGER Shu Wen Chye SUB-EDITORS Allen Myers, Sandy Barron PROOFREADER Izzy Souster

POEM Rory Harris

BOOKSELLER

‘& in’

COVER ILLUSTRATOR Damien Chavanat ARTISTS Gianluca Costantini, Charis Loke, Oslo Davis, Leto Bui Jones

38 Andrew Quilty

Danish in Kabul

LETTER

39 Erfan Dana

PRINTER Phoenix Press DISTRIBUTOR APD Singapore OFFICE 34 Forsyth St, Glebe, New South Wales 2037, Australia; editor@mekongreview.com

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