On 1 st July 1997, the United Kingdom transferred sovereignty of Hong Kong to the Peoples Republic of China, marking the end of 150 years governance. Being Stripped Naked provides a window into the city during the to of the “Handover”.
In 1995 Dave Mears arrives in Hong Kong, but he isn’t sure what he’s searching for in the bustling, vibrant city. He is greeted by sights and sounds that are a world apart from his hometown in the northeast of England. With the construction boom in full flow Dave is eager to take advantage of the opportunities presented to him as Hong Kong’s economy continues to soar. But he soon learns that while Hong Kong may be full of the wealthy and soon-to- be-wealthy, life is cheap. The accidental death of one of his coworkers at the construction site leaves Dave reeling.
Luckily, he has his beautiful South African girlfriend, Heloise, to comfort him. With Heloise at his side, Dave travels take him from Australia to Macau to Vietnam. He knows that they could have a chance at a real future together, but Heloise isn’t the only one making her presence known in his life. A sinister man, Chan, leads Dave into temptation. Dave resists until Heloise has to leave unexpectedly and he is eventually pulled into a world of lust and vice.
Being Stripped Naked captures Hong Kong at a turning point in history. As the city determines its own destiny, Dave too is at a crossroads. Which path will he eventually end up following? Or is he doomed to lose himself in the depths of the city’s dark underworld?
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“Adam Peirs is dragging us into his life as an expat in Hong Kong, with a very personal narrative style, different from the ones we often come across, with the particularity of catching one strongly, making one “live” the mundane through and with him, via rich descriptions, sometimes slow rhythm.”
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