Item description for Hong Kong Metamorphosis by Denis Bray...
This is an autobiography of Denis Bray, who joined the Hong Kong government as a Cadet Officer Class II in 1950, and retired in 1985 as Secretary for Home Affairs, acting occasionally as Chief Secretary and Governor. The metamorphosis is of the man himself, from a childhood in China to a 35-year career as an administrator in Hong Kong. It is also the story of Hong Kong's emergence from near death after World War II to become one of the major cities in Asia.
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Studio: University of Washington Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.32" Width: 6.35" Height: 0.92" Weight: 1.38 lbs.
Publisher University of Washington Press
ISBN 962209550X ISBN13 9789622095502
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The story of post-war Hong Kong Apr 14, 2010
This is an excellent meander over the post-war history of Hong Kong told via autobiography by a well regarded British colonial government officer. Denis was to a large extent Chinese - being born in Hong Kong and speaking Cantonese when small at the local school near the then Canton in southern China pre-war where his father was a missionary.
Read this book before reading any other histories of Hong Kong by more famous authors. To glean some of the authentic realities of life from Denis Brays account will lead to being able much better to understand other authors more birds-eye accounts of Hong Kong history.