About Me

Born in Hong Kong, Jason Y. Ng is a globetrotter who spent his entire adult life in Italy, the United States, and Canada before returning to his birthplace to rediscover his roots. He is a full-year lawyer, a published author, a newspaper columnist, and an adjunct law professor.

Jason is the bestselling author of HONG KONG State of Mind (2010), No City for Slow Men (2013), and Umbrella in Bloom (2016). Together, the three books form a Hong Kong trilogy that tracks the city’s post-colonial development. He co-edited Hong Kong 20/20 (2017) and Hong Kong Noir (2019). Jason’s short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies.

Jason is also a social activist. He is an outspoken advocate for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, freedom of expression, 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 which promotes literature and defends free expression around the world. In February 2019, he was elected Co-convenor of the Progressive Lawyers Group, a group of Hong Kong-based lawyers dedicated to promoting rule of law and human rights.

Jason earned his 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 day job 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 and French.

Jason’s other passions include alpine skiing, mountain trekking, trail running, photography, classical music, opera singing, and home cooking. 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 ClubBook 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 Journalists Association, the Hong Kong Writers Circle, the Hong Kong Professional Teachers' Union, and Soho House. He lives in Hong Kong and can be contacted at info@jasonyng.com. For his latest news and upcoming public appearances, visit his Media Attention page.