Michael Tsang

Contributor, Guest Editor and Staff Reviewer

Michael Tsang is a native of Hong Kong, and is Lecturer in Japanese Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, with previous academic experiences in Newcastle University, the University of Warwick, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His interests lie in East Asian literatures and popular cultures, as well as postcolonial and world literatures at large. He is the co-editor of Murakami Haruki and Our Years of Pilgrimage (Routledge, 2021). He writes stories and poems in his spare time, and is always interested in languages, literatures and cultures. In April 2012, Michael joined Cha’s editorial team as Staff Reviewer. He is a founding co-editor of the academic journal, Hong Kong Studies (Chinese University Press).


  • 2022/09/20: Weirdness Unfulfilled: Choi Jin-young’s To The Warm Horizon [Cha Review of Books and Films]
  • 2022/09/20: Quintessential Singlit? Wesley Leon Aroozoo’s The Punkhawala and the Prostitute [Cha Review of Books and Films]
  • 2021/08/03: Not Her Story: Jia Zhangke’s Ash Is Purest White [Cha Review of Books and Films]
  • 2021/07/23: Noir Fables of Tibet: Tsering Döndrup’s The Handsome Monk and Other Stories [Cha Review of Books and Films]
  • 2021/07/18: Poetry Blossoms Everywhere: A Review of Hong Kong Without Us [Cha Review of Books and Films
  • 2020/07/25: Not Definitive: A Review of Survive and Resist: The Definitive Guide to Dystopian Politics [Cha Review of Books and Films]
  • Issue # 43 (April 2019): Is Hong Kong Losing One of Its Finest Anglophone Fiction Writers?: Xu Xi’s Insignificance [Read] [Cha Review of Books and Films]
  • Issue # 42 (January 2019): Reading History Slowly: Wendy Chen’s Unearthings [Read] [Cha Review of Books and Films]
  • Issue # 42 (January 2019): Take on the Challenge: Tarō Naka’s Music: Selected Poems [Read] [Cha Review of Books and Films]
  • Issue # 41 (October 2018): The Asian American Elite’s Victory: Crazy Rich Asians in Print and on Screen [Read] [Cha Review of Books and Films]
  • Issue #39 (April 2018): Memory, Trauma, Love: Wesley Leon Aroozoo’s I Want to Go Home/帰りたい [Read] [Cha Review of Books and Films]
  • Issue #38 (December 2017): Locked Potential: Antony Dapiran’s City of Protest [Read] [Cha Review of Books and Films]
  • Issue #38 (December 2017): Candid Hong Kong: PEN Hong Kong’s Anthology [Read]
  • Issue #37 (October 2017): A City of Poets [Read] [Cha Review of Books and Films]
  • Issue #37 (October 2017): Synchrony and Diachrony: Philip Holden’s Heaven Has Eyes [Read]
  • Issue #37 (October 2017): Dream-like Reality, Reality-like Dream: Kyoko Yoshida’s Disorientalism [Read]
  • Issue #36 (June 2017): Living through Paradoxes: Furukawa Hideo’s Horse, Horses, in the End the Light Remains Pure [Read]
  • Issue #35 (March 2017): It’s Only the Beginning: A Review of Afterness [Read]
  • Issue #33 (September 2016): Whither the Incipience; Or, the Beauty of Schisms [Read]
  • Issue #32 (June 2016): Living in the Moments: Shirley Geok-lin Lim’s Ars Poetica for the Day and Do You Live In? [Read]
  • Issue #31 (March 2016): A Hong Kong Poetic Modernity: Eight Hong Kong Poets [Read]
  • Issue #30 (December 2015): Confident and Authentic: Michelle Tudor’s Miyoko & Other Stories [Read]
  • Issue #30 (December 2015): Ending on a High Note: Nigel Collett’s Firelight of a Different Colour [Read]
  • Issue #30 (December 2015): Epicentre [Read]
  • Issue #28 (June 2015): Resurrecting the Abject: Nicholas Wong’s Crevasse [Read]
  • Issue #28 (June 2015): When Culture Discounts Aesthetics: Tomoko Mitani’s Will Not Forget Both Laughter And Tears [Read]
  • Issue #28 (June 2015): Poetic Cosmopolitanism: Tammy Ho Lai-Ming’s Hula Hooping [Read]
  • Issue #26 (December 2014): Thrilling Panic Attacks: Amanda Lee Koe’s The Ministry of Moral Panic [Read]
  • Issue #25 (September 2014): Whither Hong Kong?: A Preface [Read]
  • “Whither Hong Kong?”: Editor [Original Call | Section]
  • Issue #25 (September 2014): Loud and Encore: OutLoud Too [Read]
  • Issue #25 (September 2014): The Mighty Pen: Tsering Woeser and Wang Lixiong’s Voices from Tibet [Read]
  • Issue #24 (June 2014): Maori Voices: Reihana Robinson’s Auē Rona and Vaughan Rapatahana’s Schisms [Read]
  • Issue #24 (June 2014): Three Generations of Hong Kong English Poetry: Leung Ping-kwan, Agnes Lam and Jennifer Wong [Read]
  • Issue #22 (December 2013): Let the Voices Speak [Read]
  • Issue #21 (June 2013): The Stark Reality of Japan: Charlie Canning’s The 89TH Temple [Read]
  • Issue #20 (March 2013): More than Meets the Eye: Sky Lanterns and The New Village [Read]
  • Issue #19 (November 2012): Resurrecting the Sacrifices of Modernity: Shin Kyung-sook’s Please Look After Mother [Read]
  • Issue #19 (November 2012): Consuming Love: Zhang Yueran’s The Promise Bird [Read]
  • Issue #18 (September 2012): Innovations: Three Collections by Kate Rogers, Gillian Bickley and Vaughan Rapatahana [Read]
  • Issue #17 (June 2012): A Voice from the Edge [Read]
  • Issue #17 (June 2012): Confronting Sameness, Confronting Difference: Nicholas YB Wong’s Cities of Sameness [Read]
  • Issue #16 (March 2012):  Giving Reader Access: Xu Xi’s ACCESS: Thirteen Tales [Read]
  • Issue #15 (November 2011): Colouring life, Colourful life: Sweta Srivastava Vikram’s Kaleidoscope: An Asian Journey of Colors [Read]
  • Issue #15 (November 2011):  Writing with Guts: Sherry Quan Lee’s How to Write a Suicide Note [Read]
  • Issue #13 (February 2011): Stop and think: Rahna Reiko Rizzuto’s Hiroshima in the Morning [Read]
  • Issue #13 (February 2011): In Transit: Xu Xi’s Habit of a Foreign Sky [Read]
  • Issue #11 (May 2010): The Power of Children: A Review of Prashani Rambukwella’s Mythil’s Secret [Read]
  • Issue #10 (February 2010): Revival and Reinterpretation in Translation [Read]