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The Pleasures and Perils of Hong Kong Pulp Fiction

Blue Cover Detective Magazine, Hong Kong, c. 1960s. Photo courtesy of Dr. Sai-Shing Yung.

What did people read for pleasure in mid-century Hong Kong? Chances are that on the tram, on the bus, or surreptitiously tucked between the pages of a textbook one would find one of the city’s thousands of pulp fiction publications: perhaps a magazine like Martial Arts World or Crime World or Blue Cover Detective Magazine or the “men’s magazine” Mini; or maybe a “three-dime” paperback like Liu Yichang’s Lust Under the Coconut Palms or Du Ning’s Ten Years of Bitter Love. Come hear UBC professor Christopher Rea talk about the lasting influence of these beloved and reviled mass culture products, from the 1950s to today.

When: Thursday October 11, 2018 | 4 – 5 pm
MOA Room 213
Speaker: Christopher Rea, Associate Professor, Department of Asian Studies, UBC