"The most delightful feature of the book is the author's passionate association with his adopted city. The fascinating details about the city itself, the gentle care with which the word-portraits conjure up the images of the city, the loving familiarity with not merely the various quarters of the city but also with the people who inhabit these quarters - all these allow the reader to see the city through O'Connor's eyes, which is becoming an increasingly rare kind of penmanship." - Global South Sephis eMagazine - April 2013
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'There has long been a need for a book-length account of Muslims in Hong Kong; this readable and informative book admirably fills this void. Anyone interested in how Muslims make their lives and practice their faith in the Chinese city of Hong Kong should definitely read it.'
Gordon Mathews author of Ghetto at the Center of the World: Chungking Mansions Hong Kong.
'In this insightful and fascinating book, O'Connor walks us through the bustling streets of Hong Kong where space, civility, hope and freedom are created every day by the territory's diverse Muslims. It provides a rare glimpse into an imperfect, but perhaps 'good enough' cosmopolitanism, lived in the schools, homes, shops and lives of ordinary people. Amidst the worry and panic about young Muslims in diaspora as either problems or victims, this is a refreshing and much-needed account of the valuable ways a global city deals with difference. An essential text for scholars and students of youth, diversity and contemporary multiculturalism.'
Anita Harris author of Future Girl and Young People and Everyday Multiculturalism.
'An unexpected gem. An innovative study which explores the everyday lived reality of Muslim minorities in Hong Kong. The contemporary focus is framed by a fascinating history of South Asian Muslims which reaches back into the early 19th century. The return of Hong Kong to China in 1997 meant many adjustments to a Pakistani community whose forbears once policed the local Chinese for the British. This beautifully wrought study sheds a great deal of light on a range of issues impacting Muslim minorities: from the extent of hybridity - adapting basketball spaces to cricket - to the challenge of eating halal in a culinary culture where pork is ubiquitous! Young Muslims in Hong Kong face challenges of racism and an inability to access Chinese language schools with huge implications for employment and social mobility. However, Islam is respected and they are not seen through a security lens. In all, a hopeful study.'
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Philip Lewis author of Islamic Britain and Young, British and Muslim.