Two publications supported by the Centre for Humanities Research (CHR) have been selected for the 5th Hong Kong Book Prize. The Anthology of Hong Kong Short Stories 1949-2007 (Two Volumes) and Taste in the Floating World have been named two of the 12 distinguished Chinese books published in 2011 from among 372 nominations. Hong Kong as a City-state, a book by Dr Chin Wan-kan, Assistant Professor of the Department of Chinese, was also chosen for the Prize.
Edited by Prof Leung Ping-kwan (Ye Si), Mr Yip Fai and Mr Matthew Cheng Ching-hang, The Anthology of Hong Kong Short Stories 1949-2007 collects 78 works of high artistic quality with distinctive features of Hong Kong. It stands out from other similar anthologies by including much-neglected short stories of the 1950s and excellent works published after 2000. The Anthology is a research outcome of CHR’s research project on “Hong Kong Literature and Culture of the 1950s” funded by the General Research Fund of the Research Grants Council.
Taste in the Floating World is a collection of Prof Leung’s essays on food. The book examines human relationships as reflected in food and explores the problems in Hong Kong culture. Apart from this collection of essays, Prof Leung has also published other creative works on food, such as a collection of short stories, Postcolonial Affairs of Food and the Heart, and a compilation of poems, Vegetable Politics.
Another award-winning title, Hong Kong as a City-state, authored by Dr Chin, advocates a re-orientation of Hong Kong-China relations by upholding Hong Kong’s autonomy and unique status as a city-state. His book has generated great interest among the media and stirred debates and discussions on the positioning of post-1997 Hong Kong.
The annual book prize is organised by Radio Television Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Publishing Federation with support by the Hong Kong Public Libraries of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. The award ceremony was held on 13 June.