Bumbling Through Hong Kong
Bumbling Through Hong Kong is an educational yet comical adventure through the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and its many manmade and natural environments. The reader is taken on an entertaining journey of discovery by following the misadventures of a fictitious cast of bumbling backpackers as they stumble across the cultural traditions, natural assets and historic relics of Hong Kong; including the numerous environmental and social challenges faced by one of the most densely inhabited places on the planet. Awarded Bronze medal - Graphic Novel / Drawn Book category 2013 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards and Silver medal - Comic / Graphic Novel category 2013 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards.
- Paperback | 144 pages
- 156 x 234 x 8mm | 213g
- 23 Mar 2013
- Kakibubu Media Limited
- 193 Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white
"Presenting Hong Kong in an interesting and casual way that not many travel books can compare. We are impressed and thank the author for introducing the normally ignored world class geological heritage of Hong Kong. Very well done and congratulations!" -- Association for Geoconservation, Hong Kong . "Hong Kong has amazed the world through its rapid global interaction, efficiency and cosmopolitan environment. However, behind such speed and convenience, Hong Kong's alarming per capita emissions rank second globally, if emissions from imported goods and their transportation are included. Bumbling Through Hong Kong does not provide tips of where to shop or dine out, but exposes the true cost of being a metropolis and the vivid urban pollution that residents and tourists face on a daily basis. A good snapshot of another face of Hong Kong!" -- Gloria Chang, Campaign Manager, Greenpeace HK . "Tom's story and drawings are a witty illustration of Hong Kong's challenges and a guide of both bustling and serene beauty. Enjoy the trip." -- Paul Zimmerman, CEO, Designing Hong Kong . "The book series contain beautiful illustrations of Asian scenes and nature and many box outs with detailed information on specific socio-environmental issues or cultural traits. They are, in sum, a treat for the eye, food for the brain and a stab in the conscience ... The Bumbling Traveller Adventure Series makes a great gift for older children, young adults and anyone who needs to be clued in on the socio-environmental impacts of fast growing Asia. Apart from gaining insights on real life issues, readers will have many chuckles over the comic styled educational book that can only be Tom Schmidt's landmark style." -- Mallika Naguran, Founder, Gaia Discovery . "Tom Schmidt is one of those very creative writers that makes learning about history and socio-economic issues fascinating. His masterful descriptions of Hong Kong neighborhoods, customs and other issues are hidden in a fun, adventure/mystery story following Bumbling Bob, the architect and his sidekicks throughout the city and outer islands. In between the dramatic chapters are bites of useful information on what makes Hong Kong tick. Where does our water come from? Where does all our waste go? How does bamboo scaffolding work, where do our traditions such as lion dancing come from and many, many more interesting facts. The book opens your eyes to many key issues Hong Kong faces and took me to neighborhoods I have never seen in over 20 years of residing in Hong Kong. Makes me want to go explore Hong Kong again." -- Amazon.com Customer Review . "As another American living in Asia and a researcher that studies many of the issues Tom writes about, and deals with in his other job as an architect in the hospitality industry, I was very excited to see these urbanization issues presented in such an accessible manner." -- Melreese, Encountering Urbanization Website . "Bumbling Through Hong Kong is an award-winning unofficial guide book extraordinaire. Three discerning backpackers with a mission to find the mysterious mastermind behind cryptic messages and ancient parchment fragments romp through parts of the territory that many people don't see for the shopping malls. Illustrated by an attractive comic strip, the narrative is fast-paced, humorous and engaging. Panels are subtly added for fascinating facts relating to Hong Kong's culture, heritage, geology, religion and food. Underlying the wild goose chase there are strong messages about environmental protection, heritage and important contemporary social issues. Lonely Planet move aside! Although readers are advised not to use the book as a travel guide, newcomers as well as Hong Kongers will find this book a compelling mix of fact and fiction." -- Jane Houng, author