RaveThe New York Times Book Review... dismantles the received wisdom about Hong Kong’s history and replaces it with an engaging, exhaustively researched account of its long struggle for sovereignty ... Throughout this colonial history Lim sprinkles vivid details that underscore the racism and \'willful disregard\' with which Britain governed its last major colony.
RaveThe New York Times Book Review... pulsing ... Cheung writes eloquently about what it means to find your place in a city as it vanishes before your eyes ... Cheung is bracingly forthright about her depression and the difficulties of navigating a public health system that is often unaffordable and inaccessible ... There is an almost trancelike quality to her memories, of both dramatic and quiet moments ... Cheung’s critiques ring true...her derision for this faceless \'cosmopolitan\' set is so scathing, her view that affluent, apolitical people overlook the real Hong Kong so transparent, that I found myself wanting to hear more from these people themselves ... Readers won’t find those views here; Cheung does not claim to represent anyone but herself. She drops Chinese characters in the text sometimes without translation or explanation. \'Maybe this isn’t the book you expected to read,\' Cheung writes. That’s the point. For far too long, faraway interests have claimed to speak for Hong Kong. It’s time to let Hong Kongers, in all their multitudes, speak for themselves.