|Asia 2000 Ltd. is a
privately held Hong Kong publishing company established in 1980 to
publish Asia 2000, a magazine about the future of Asia. The
magazine failed but the company survived to become a book publisher
Liu Heung Shing’s
After Mao, black and white photography about China emerging from
the Cultural Revolution was one of our first titles. Liu was to become
the first Chinese photographer to win the Pulitzer Prize. David and
Peter Turnley’s Beijing Spring, Pulitzer Prize-winning
photography published in the wake of China’s June 4th incident,
brought another relatively early success in illustrated books.
Shirley Ingram and
Cantonese Culture and
Getting Along with the
Chinese, for fun and profit, were establishing themselves as
perennial best sellers in the Hong Kong market;
Hong Kong Pathfinder as the city’s favored walkers’ guide; and
Wendy Teasdill’s Walking to the Mountain, as a classic of
travel literature about Tibet. During this same period,
Cheung Chau Dog Fanciers Society, a laconic tale set on one of
Hong Kong’s offshore island became a local bestseller, prestaging our
foray into fiction and other literary pursuits.
In 1997, Christopher
The Rise and Decline of
the Asian Century published despite legal attacks on the author by
the Singapore government, predicted the monumental crash of Asian
economies. Donald Kirk’s Korean Dynasty, Hyundai and Chung Ju Yung
a definitive history of Korea’s Hyundai Corporation, further signaled
our interest in broadening both the scope and geographic outreach of
That same year, on the occasion of new poetry and
fiction by Hong Kong writers Agnes Lam,
Louise Ho and Xu Xi, we set
out the Asia 2000 Manifesto and re-dedicated ourselves to our role as
an independent Hong Kong publisher. In so doing, we also placed new
stress on fiction, literary non-fiction and poetry. Successes have
included Barbara Baker and
Madeleine Slavick’s beautiful
Poems and Photographs of Asia honored at Seattle’s Bumbershoot
Book Fair, and Christopher New’s
China Coast Trilogy, about
which the South China Morning Post has said, "To many people Hong Kong
is almost entirely a commercial city. The last thing it could spawn,
they would have thought, was a literary masterpiece. But it now
appears that the improbable has happened…"
In May 2002, Alex
Lipstick and Other
Stories, received the American Book Award, the first time the
award has been given to a book published outside of the United States.
To give better definition to our list, we have
recently begun the task of dividing it in three. Literary titles will
be published under the Orchid Pavilion imprint, crime fiction under
the Black Butterfly imprint. The rest of the list will continue to be
published under the Asia 2000 name.
Our books are finding their way into the
major markets for English language books around the world. If your
bookseller doesn't carry them, please suggest he or she does so.
Otherwise, contact us directly at
We fulfill readers' orders by sea free of postage charge.
We welcome your comments.