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Hongkongitis: Reports from the wackiest place on earth

by Larry Feign

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Larry Feign had a great run with his 'World of Lily Wong' cartoon strip, and he's back here with a compilation of mostly-light, and sometimes funny articles on expat life in Hong Kong.

Feign writes well, and there are some insightful and amusing passages here.

But even in fewer than 150 pages, Feign's jokes and tropes are frequently repeated. He also has troubles with tone: hyperbole predominates (e.g. the air conditioning in Hong Kong buses is set at -20 degrees C!!), which works all right for some of the humorous essays, but which undermines his attempts to address more serious topics such as Hong Kong's pollution problems and its historical heritage. ( )
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