The story of Hong Kong has long been obscured by competing myths: to Britain, a ‘barren rock’ with no appreciable history; to China, a part of Chinese soil from time immemorial that had at last returned to the ancestral fold. To its inhabitants, the city was a place of refuge and rebellion, whose own history was so little taught that they began mythmaking their own past. When protests erupted in 2019 and were met with escalating suppression from Beijing, Louisa Lim – raised in Hong Kong as a half-Chinese, half-English child, and now a reporter who had covered the region for a decade – realised that she was uniquely positioned to unearth Hong Kong’s untold stories.

Join award-winning journalist and podcaster Louisa Lim as she discusses her fascinating portrait of Hong Kong Indelible City, which mixes memoir and reportage and aims to put Hong Kongers at the centre of their own story.

Supported by the City of Parramatta.

Louisa Lim (Australian)

Louisa Lim

Louisa Lim is the author of Indelible City; Dispossession and Defiance in Hong Kong. Her earlier book The People's Republic of Amnesia; Tiananmen Revisited was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize. She is an award-winning journalist and podcaster, who spent ten years reporting from China for the BBC and NPR. She is now a Senior Lecturer in Audiovisual Journalism at the University of Melbourne, and co host of The Little Red Podcast.

Linda Jaivin (Australian)

Linda Jaivin

Linda is the author of twelve books, including seven novels. Her latest book, the nonfiction The Shortest History of China, was named the top book on China in 2021 by fivebooks.com; published in the US and UK as well, it is being translated into Greek, Italian, Russian, Japanese and a number of other languages including (Taiwan) Chinese. She is also a prolific essayist, cultural commentator, film subtitler (translating Chinese films), and co-editor of the China Story Yearbook.