Jason Y. Ng is a globetrotter who has lived in Italy, the United States, Canada, and Hong Kong. He is a U.S. lawyer, a published author, a newspaper columnist, a designer, a home cook, and an adjunct law professor.
Jason is the bestselling author of HONG KONG State of Mind (2010), No City for Slow Men (2013), and Umbrellas in Bloom (2016). Together, the three books form a Hong Kong trilogy that charts the city’s post-colonial development. He also co-edited Hong Kong 20/20 (2017) and Hong Kong Noir (2019), and his short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. Most recently, he collaborated with the activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Joshua Wong on Unfree Speech (2020), a book that is part Wong's memoir and part manifesto calling for solidarity in the fight against authoritarian regimes around the world. Jason's works have been translated into many languages.
Jason is also involved in various social causes, including free expression, rule of law, conservation, and the rights of foreign domestic workers and other minority groups. Between 2016 and 2019, Jason served as President of PEN Hong Kong, the local chapter of PEN International that promotes literature and defends free expression around the world. Between 2019 and 2020, he was Co-convener of the Progressive Lawyers Group, a group of Hong Kong-based lawyers dedicated to safeguarding the city's rule of law and civil liberties.
Jason earned a dual degree in finance and electrical engineering from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a Juris Doctor and M.B.A. from the University of Toronto. He is admitted to the New York and the Massachusetts State Bars.
Jason’s writing career and personal interests make him a frequent traveler. Over the years, he has visited over 100 cities in more than 35 countries. He speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin and has working knowledge of Italian, French and Japanese.
Jason’s other passions include alpine skiing, mountain climbing, trail running, photography, classical music home cooking and interior design. In 2011, he was bestowed the title “Man of the Year” by Elle Men magazine for his diverse interests and balanced lifestyle. In 2013, Jason was the keynote speaker at the Harvard Club Book Prize awards ceremony. In 2017, he was featured in a Men with Style magazine feature titled “Renaissance Man.”
Jason is a member of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Writers Circle, and a founder member of Soho House. He currently resides in Tokyo, Japan and can be contacted at email@example.com.