Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood

Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood


Evocative, humorous and entire of existence, it is a superbly saw early life memoir of becoming up in colonial Hong Kong within the 1950s.

As an inquisitive seven-year-old, Martin sales space discovered himself with the entire of Hong Kong at his toes whilst his father used to be published there within the early Nineteen Fifties. Unrestricted by way of parental keep watch over, he had loose entry to hidden corners of the colony in general closed to a Gweilo, a “pale fellow” like him. Befriending rickshaw coolies and native stallholders, he realized Cantonese, sampled food comparable to boiled water beetles and one-hundred-year-old eggs, and took part in vibrant fairs. He even entered the forbidden Kowloon Walled urban, wandered into the key lair of the Triads and visited an opium den. alongside the best way he encountered a colorful array of individuals, from the plink plonk guy along with his dancing monkey to Nagasaki Jim, a drunken baby molester, and the Queen of Kowloon, the crazed tramp who could have been a member of the Romanov family.

Shadowed by way of the disappointment of his warring mom and dad, a broad-minded mom who, like her son, used to be willing to embody all issues chinese language, and a bigoted father who used to be enraged through his family’s curiosity in “going native,” Martin Booth’s compelling memoir is a trip into chinese language tradition and an extinct colonial lifestyle that glows with infectious interest and humour.

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