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The Way We Are
Hing Sze Wong
Addmark Media Limited

“The Way We Are” describes daily interactions of a boy with autism with insects, his grandmother, and his classmates. Through the illustration, readers can see some specialties of a typical autistic child such as sharp focus. Readers can also experience their sensory-driven lifestyle through reading without words.

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In addition, the author and illustrator have taken special care to portray the community in which the boy lives, bringing out humanity in daily life and demonstrating an inclusive society in which people with different needs and characteristics can live together in harmony.

We aim to enhance readers’ awareness of autism and further, to eliminate prejudice against children with autism or other special educational needs (SEN). We also hope to create a new perspective for readers to perceive and appreciate all other disadvantaged people in society.

In order to experiment with picture books to achieve social inclusion, this book is written without words, so that people with reading difficulties and those who do not understand Chinese can enjoy reading it. Furthermore, it is also equipped with Braille and audio CDs produced by people with visually impaired, so that children and parents who have such a difficulty will be able to enjoy reading the story and learn about autism on an equal basis with others who are sighted.

Stranger
Karman Chiu
Kubrick

“Pink petals of happiness fly by… It turns out that when we learn to cultivate ‘the flowers of happiness’ within ourselves, we will be able to bring a bagful of joy to others, too. Many of us may hide our true emotions behind masks; yet deep down we still long to embrace happiness with an open heart.”

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This is a fairy-tale picture book dedicated to both adults and children. The author creates these dreamy, dedicate(delicate?) illustrations to tell a journey in search of happiness – it all takes place in a fascinating world where the protagonist decides to put on a horse-head mask and experiences a series of events with a gigantic whale, which represents his inner self, and a few quirky cat entourages during their attempts to deliver “the flowers of happiness” they accidentally discovered to people in order to save a cold, detached city.

 As the story unfolds from the details of the pictures, it also challenges the traditional use of words as an effective communication tool and allows the book to open for a broader imagination; just as you and I may interpret differently towards the idea of “happiness”.

Poet Cao Shuying and musician Chet Lam join hands to take Karman Chiu’s Stranger to the next level with their textual and audio interpretations. Apart from the audio storybook co-created by the three artists, the animated digital version also introduces another narrative through a mix of visuals, music, and sound effects. (Audio storybook and animated e-book version come in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English.)

Molly and Soggie
Faye Chan
The Commercial Press (HK) Ltd

One day her dog Henry picked up a dusty clay tablet from nowhere. After cleaning, Molly found that the clay tablets were densely engraved with unintelligible symbols, but he could speak! Soqi said he wanted to return to his homeland. So Molly sent Soqi home, 

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and the two arrived at the Museum Station (the prototype is the site of the British Museum), took the underground train to different civilizations, and entered the museum’s underground treasure world, starting a wonderful magical journey.

The stories in the book are suspenseful and intertwined step by step, integrating various historical and cultural elements into the paintings, from Egyptian bronze cats, mummies, beetles, etc., to Chinese Oracle, cloisonne, Tang Sancai jade butterfly Hanfu, etc., breaking through the limitations of time and space. Child readers create an experiential learning environment, and they can enter AR mode by downloading apps on their mobile phones to make the picture book screen dynamic, follow the characters to travel through the historical space, increase the interest in learning history and culture, and create the first multidimensional and cultural picture book for child readers.

Popular Science

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Pearl Decoded – Understand Popular Science through the Lens of a Pearl Farmer
David C. K. Wong
Everyone Press Ltd

Mankind has always been fascinated with the origin of pearls. Whether it be the ancient legends or the modern sciences, such as the invention of microscopes and the application of radio frequency identification technology, scientific advancements gradually reveal the secrets of pearls. 

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We even begin to observe the intimate relationship between pearls and the mother nature. We invite you to explore the sciences behind these natural gems from the ocean!

Pearl cultivation is a part of the marine heritage of Hong Kong. From the ancient pearl hunt to the modern pearl cultivation, the readers will learn about the global scientific discoveries that contribute to the evolution of the Hong Kong pearl industry. Furthermore, from the inspiration of nature, we investigate the possibility of cross-industrial collaboration that contributes to the symbiotic growth of the economy.

We encourage the parents and teachers to use this book as a guide to build a small aquarium to grow pearls at home or at school. Children will be able to learn about biology, chemistry, physics, and beyond, to build a foundation for their understanding of the sciences behind a life-supporting ecosystem. This is also a lesson about the respect for life, the interaction with nature, and the responsibility as a steward for our planet.

The 21 Lectures Given by The Silent Teachers
Chan Sun On, Ng Kwai Lun
Ming Pao Publications Ltd

The content of “The 21 Lectures Given by The Silent Teachers” originally inspired by the 21 compulsory anatomy lessons for medicine students and let readers understand the structure of the human body. It can be the guide for readers to explore the mysteries of the human body even they are not medicine students!

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The book starts with the history of anatomy in order to let readers understand its origin and development. Thereafter, 21 simplified anatomy lessons are used to outline the characteristics and functions of the human body, together with photos of real human specimens and illustrations in order to provide readers with a brief introduction about the world of anatomy. In addition, the book also includes different knowledge on physiology, pathology, forensic medicine, emergency medicine and public health according to the functions of different organs, which makes the readers become more familiar with these difficult medicine knowledge. The last part of the book is about body donation and gratitude to the “Silent Teacher”, guiding readers to think more about life and death education.

Furthermore, in order to build up a more comprehensive picture on human structure and each organ to the readers, 3D computer scanning technology is used. Readers can access to these advanced contents through scanning the QR code provided in each chapter.

Reporter Panda : Four of the Worst Epidemics in Hong Kong History
Sophie Thyer
Crown Publishing (Hong Kong) Limited

As an intern journalist of the Bear Daily News, Panda Dodo travels through time with Professor Owl to meet the various pathogens that have significantly affected Hong Kong throughout history: Yersinia pestis, Vibrio cholera, SARS-Cov-1 and SARS-Cov-2.

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This beautifully illustrated book takes you on a journey to iconic locations in Hong Kong including Tai Ping Shan Street (the most severely affected area of the plague in Hong Kong), the 1990s Hong Kong open-air food stalls and the Prince of Wales Hospital 8A Ward (where the SARS outbreak of 2003 first took place). Through Dodo and Professor Owl’s interviews you will learn numerous fascinating facts about medicine, science and the history of Hong Kong.

Intangible Cultural Heritage

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Hong Kong Reminiscence: Records of Hong Kong’s Old Stores
Hiuman Lam
Extraordinary Publishing Company

Hong Kong Reminiscence: Records of Hong Kong’s Old Stores is a collection of photographic and prose. Author Hiuman Lam visited 25 Hong Kong traditional stores, and categorised them into four chapters──clothing, food, housing and transportation──

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the basic necessities of life. Most of the shops are related to Hong Kong Intangible Cultural Heritage, including performing arts, traditional handicrafts, and food culture. It includes Choi Kee Bird Cage, Ho Chung Kee Galvanised Iron, Sun Nga Shing Umbrella Repair, Wai Long Hou Herbal Tea, etc., which are all representing cultural values of Hong Kong, indeed gradually declining. These are treasures that worthy of being recorded. 

This book explores the aesthetics of disappearing cityscapes through still images. It does not only emphasise the important value of Intangible Cultural Heritage, but also recall the memory of the public with the beauty of intangible history, and earnestly hope that it will inspire readers to cherish the present.

A Pair of Stockings, A Cup of Milk Tea: The Flow of Milk Tea
Hung Oi Ting
Chung Hwa Book Co.

Also known as “silk stocking milk tea”, Hong Kong-style milk tea is more than a beverage. Its making technique has been inscribed on the first Intangible Cultural Heritage inventory of Hong Kong.

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 If we see it through the lens of Asia’s colonial past, the story of Hong Kong milk tea is related to opium, wars, social classes, and the flow of people and milk tea from one city to another.

A Pair of Stockings, A Cup of Milk Tea: The Flow of Milk Tea comprises three parts. Each of them tells a true migrant story of an Asian locale. The first chapter is set in colonial Hong Kong. A hawker who migrated from Chaozhou to the city invented “silk stocking milk tea”, which has since served as a nice pick-me-up for labourers and other locals. The second chapter takes readers to a Malaysian kedai kopi (coffee shop), where Indians and Chinese drink different types of milk tea under the same roof, pointing to a class structure left over from the British colonial rule. The third chapter tells a story of a young girl who sells bubble tea in Bangkok. Like many young Thais, she aspires to shine in the international arena as Thailand rides the tide of globalization and milk tea is seen as a symbol of change.

Each chapter comes with a “note on milk tea” section, which explores the East-meets-West history behind the development of Hong Kong-style milk tea, introduces different types of milk tea, such as Masala chai, Teh tarik, Thai tea, and show their similarities and differences in terms of cultural significance and historical value. Readers can also find illustrations and videos showing the steps of making milk tea. Grab this book, take a sip of milk tea, and enjoy a journey to Asia!

Contemplating our Mind at Ease: Origin of the Guanyin (Avalokiteśvara) Festivals and Worshipping in Hong Kong
Dr. Irene Lok
Cosmos Books Ltd.

Guanyin (Avalokiteśvara) is also known as Guan Shi Yin, or Guan Zi Zai. The Guanyin Festivals constitute an item in the Intangible Cultural Heritage Inventory of Hong Kong. Why do people celebrate the Guanyin Festivals? Why do they worship Guanyin?

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With Guanyin Festivals, an item of Hong Kong’s Intangible Cultural Heritage, as its theme, the book starts off with the perspective of folk beliefs, and then by tracing the origin of Guanyin worshipping, brings out the true teachings of Buddhism embedded in Guanyin worshipping. It enables its readers, out of aspiration, to encounter, acquaint, experience thorough practice, and eventually comprehend the various facets of compassion and wisdom manifested by Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara, so that they can solve problems in their daily lives with both compassion and wisdom.

Features of the Book

A good book can change a person’s state of mind, and a good state of mind can change a person’s future.

  • Contains nearly 280 precious pictures and information diagrams that depict how monasteries and temples in Hong Kong enshrine Guanyin as well as elegant and stately statues of Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara, guiding its readers to appreciate religious aesthetics.
  • Besides pictures of Avalokiteśvara from various temples and monasteries in Hong Kong, the book also contains collections from elsewhere. Such collections include drawings and sculptures of Avalokiteśvara from Dunhuang, for example, wall paintings in Dunhuang grottoes ranging from Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara drawings in embossed gold-plated craftsmanship dating back to the Sui and Tang Dynasties, drawings of whiskers-wearing Guanyin with emerald eyebrows of the golden period of the Tang Dynasty, to flawless drawings of Guanyin with a Thousand Eyes and a Thousand Arms of the Yuan Dynasty. There are also ancient reliefs of Avalokiteśvara in India grottoes, especially the Eleven-face Avalokiteśvara pictures of Esoteric Buddhism. It also contains precious pictures of Guanyin drawings painted by renowned experts such as Chang Dai-chien and Jao Tsung-i.
  • Contains maps of Guanyin monasteries and temples in Hong Kong, painted with water-colours.
  • Contains a number of interactive maps linked to websites with QR Codes, showing sites of events of Guanyin’s response to worshippers’ requests recorded in ancient Chinese documents, as well as locations of major Guanyin temples in contemporary Hong Kong.
  • Contains a number of clips of refreshing and heartening contemporary Buddhist songs linked to websites with QR Codes.