David T. K. Wong
David T. K. Wong was born in Hong Kong and received his early education in China, Singapore and Australia. He has degrees in political science and journalism from Stanford University in America and post-graduate diploma in public administration from the Institute of Social Studies at The Hague and was a Fellow in economics at Queen Elizabeth House at Oxford.
He worked as a journalist in Hong Kong, London and Singapore for a number of years before joining the Administrative Service of the Hong Kong Government. After retirement from government service, he became the Managing Director of an international trading firm for nine years before embarking on a writing career.
He has since published four collections of short stories and two novels set in Hong Kong. Many of his short stories have appeared in magazines and have been broadcast in several countries. He is currently resident in Malaysia.
He is the founder of the annual David T. K. Wong Fellowship in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. The Fellowship awards £26,000 to each successful candidate writing a work of fiction set in the Far East in the English language.
The Embrace of Harlots
Another absorbing Hong Kong novel, from the author of Chinese Stories in Times of Change
“David Wong’s new novel begins on an intimate scale, exploring the lives of a well-to-do family living in Hong Kong just before the ending of colonial rule. He charts their guilts, desires, ambitions and memories, showing in compelling detail how they live together and apart. Through the recollections and thoughts of the novel’s principal character, Suen, the story moves from an intimate scale to encompass social and historical themes: the history of Hong Kong in the twentieth century, the destructive effects of financial greed, the problems and the opportunities of living with different and opposing cultural values.
The novel ranges widely in both time and space, moving from Hong Kong to London, Oxford and Paris. It engages with some of the central dilemmas of modern life, but is also full of vivid characterisation and narrative surprises. It is written in the distilled and elegant style that has become a hallmark of David Wong’s stories.”
Professor of Literature, University of East Anglia, UK
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