Thank you for your interest in AFTERSHOCK: Essays from Hong Kong!

How is it different from other books about Hong Kong?

When it comes to writing about the Hong Kong protests in English, many people still assume the goal is only to introduce the events to a foreign audience. AFTERSHOCK takes a different approach. While the essays are written by journalists, they are not "explainers" or "recaps."

Instead, the authors critically engage with their experiences from 2019 in a way that mirrors the soul-searching by so many Hongkongers. Aside from informing readers around the world, we also hope the book will spark important conversations at home.

Who are the people behind this book?

AFTERSHOCK is a journalist-led, collaborative effort. The project was started in late 2019 by Holmes Chan, and 10 journalists reporting on Hong Kong for local and international media were invited to write the essays that appear in this book.

Editing and production is led by Holmes Chan, with editorial support from Karen Cheung and Brendon Hong. The book is designed by Beatrix Pang and features artwork by Jeffrey Yeung. Views expressed in this book belong to their respective authors, and do not necessarily reflect those of their employers. 

How did this book get made?

We are proud to support independent publishing in Hong Kong. The book is published by Small Tune Press, and will be distributed by direct sales and partnerships with select bookstores. This project is self-funded, and proceeds will go to ensuring that all writers and artists are fairly compensated. From idea to printed page, AFTERSHOCK is a Hong Kong production.