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Andrew Xia Fukuda: Asian Experience Inspired Debut Novel
Crossing Author’s Hong Kong Book Fair Visit to be a “Homecoming”

13 July 2010 – Growing up in Hong Kong, Japan and the United States inspired Andrew Xia Fukuda to write his promising debut novel Crossing, the author said in a recent interview with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC).

Mr Fukuda, who will be in Hong Kong for the 21st HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair, is featured in an HKTDC webcast. (For the full interview, please visit http://www.youtube.com/hktdc.)

“I was born here in New York City, my father is Japanese, my mother is Chinese and, at an early age, we moved to Hong Kong,” said Mr Fukuda, explaining that he “felt some difficulty in finding a place I could really find a sense of community, a place I could really call home.

“I think a lot of these themes, of a sense of isolation and loneliness, found their way into my novel in the person of Xing,” said Mr Fukuda, describing the book’s central character Xing Xu – a Chinese-born loner in an all-white high school rocked by a series of student disappearances.

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Mr Fukuda, who also works as a public prosecutor in New York, was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. He started writing as a teenager in Hong Kong, where he won a writing competition sponsored by the South China Morning Post newspaper.

“I really do look forward to coming back. In many ways, I see it as coming full circle,” he said. “Now that I can come back to Hong Kong as a published author really makes it feel like a homecoming.”

Mr Fukuda will host a seminar on 23 July at The Hong Kong Book Fair. Organised by the HKTDC, the fair runs 21-27 July and will feature some 200 cultural events under the theme “Reading the World, Writing the Future.” The fair will also spotlight other notable English-language authors, including James Fenton, Frederick Forsyth, Stephen Fry, Andrew Roberts and Chinese-Indonesian novelist Xu Xi – a writer-in-residence at City University of Hong Kong.

Related Links
HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair – http://hkbookfair.hktdc.com
Andrew Xia Fukuda webcast – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbPF6KVpWJg

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A statutory body established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 global offices, including 11 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and throughout Asia. The HKTDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and on the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com.