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Jason Y Ng

Jason Y Ng (b 1972, Hong Kong) is an author, journalist and pro-democracy activist who served as the inaugural president of PEN Hong Kong.

He moved between Italy, the USA and Canada before settling back in Hong Kong, where he became the bestselling author of Hong Kong State of Mind, No City for Slow Men and Umbrellas in Bloom. Together, these books form Ng’s Hong Kong trilogy, mapping the city’s postcolonial history. 

Ng has also achieved prominence as an activist. In 2019, he was elected co-convenor of the Progressive Lawyers Group, dedicated to promoting human rights in Hong Kong. His book Unfree Speech: The Threat to Global Democracy and Why We Must Act Now, co-authored with Joshua Wong, is due out in 2020.

In 2011, Ng was named Man of the Year by Elle Men magazine and the first two titles in the Hong Kong trilogy both received the Harvard Book Award.


Combines a journalist’s precision with a Hong Konger’s passionate heart.

Bloomberg Television on Umbrellas in Bloom

Ng’s observations are compelling, entertaining and insightful.

Noel Servignon, Philippine consul general to Hong Kong, on No City for Slow Men
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