Other Writing

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Christina’s first foray into adult fiction is with a short story featured in Hong Kong Noir, the latest in the Akashic Books’ award-winning series of original noir anthologies. Each short story is set in a distinct neighborhood within Hong Kong, exploring the dark heart of the Pearl of the Orient. Her story, A View to Die For, is set in Repulse Bay and is written under the name Christina Liang.

From the introduction by Jason Y. Ng & Susan Blumberg-Kason:

What will Hong Kong look like in five years, ten years, or thirty years--when the "one country, two systems" promise expires? It's impossible to foresee. Hong Kong's future may not be within our control, but some things are. We can continue to write about our beloved city and work our hardest to preserve it in words. When we asked our contributors to write their noir stories, we didn't give them specific content guidelines other than to make sure their stories end on a dark note. What we received was a brilliant collection of ghost stories, murder mysteries, domestic dramas, cops-and-robbers tales, and historical thrillers that capture Hong Kong in all its dark glory. The result is every bit as eclectic, quirky, and delightful as the city they write about.

Hong Kong Noir is available on Amazon.

Kirkus Review:

Ng and Blumberg-Kason defy the fates by presenting a collection of 14 stories—by Chinese tradition, an ominous number—illustrating their city's dark side. Very few of these stories document actual crimes. The police are conspicuously absent apart from a brief cameo in Charles Philipp Martin's "Ticket Home," the one true caper tale. Sadness and desperation, on the other hand, are in ready supply. In "This Quintessence of Dust," Marshall Moore chronicles a young man's sojourn on Cheung Chau, the suicide capital of Hong Kong, a visit that doesn't end well. Sexual exploitation is a frequent motif, notably in Xu Xi's moody "TST" and James Tam's shocking "Phoenix Moon," although Feng Chi-shun points out that the exploitation works in many directions in "Expensive Tissue Paper." Ghost stories like editor Ng's "Ghost of Yulan Past" and Carmen Suen's "Fourteen" remind readers of the East's traditional connections with the spiritual. So do dream stories, including Brittani Sonnenberg's "The Kamikaze Caves" and Ysabelle Cheung's "Big Hotel." But Hong Kong's ultramodern material side is showcased in Tiffany Hawk's "You Deserve More," Christina Liang's "A View to Die For," and Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang's "One Marriage, Two People," where Hong Kong's privileged wait in twitchy anticipation of China's final takeover. Ng and Blumberg-Kason's Hong Kong is a city on the brink, haunted by its past but facing an uncertain future. Readers can feel lucky to have such a collection.