Dorothy Tse

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Dorothy Tse Hiu-hung (Chinese: 謝曉虹, born 1977) is a Hong Kong author and an assistant professor of creative writing at Hong Kong Baptist University.[1]

Writing career[edit]

Dorothy Tse writes primarily in Chinese. Her first book, So Black (《好黑》), was published in 2005. A Dictionary of Two Cities (《雙城辭典》), which she co-authored with Hon Lai-chu (韓麗珠), another Hong Kong writer, was published in 2013. Tse was awarded the 2013 Hong Kong Book Prize for A Dictionary of Two Cities.[2] She had previously won the Hong Kong Biennial Award for Chinese Literature for So Black.[3] Her literary prizes also include Taiwan's Unitas New Fiction Writers’ Award and the Hong Kong Award for Creative Writing in Chinese.[4]

Tse's first English short story, "Woman Fish",[5] a surreal story about a man whose wife turns into a fish, appeared in 2013 in The Guardian. Her first full-length book in English, Snow and Shadow, was published in 2014 by Hong Kong publisher Muse. Snow and Shadow is a collection of short stories from her earlier Chinese books, as well as previously unpublished works, all translated by Nicky Harman.[6]

Tse writes in a surrealist style. Her translator Nicky Harman describes her writing as: “surreal tales—fantastic in parts—but made the more effective for being grounded firmly in reality... Dreamscapes interlock with a narrative which, though superficially realistic, itself feels quite unreal.”[7]

Tse is co-founder of the Hong Kong literary magazine Fleurs des lettres and attended The University of Iowa's International Writing Program in 2011.[8]


  1. ^ Department of Humanities and Creative Writing // Hong Kong Baptist University
  2. ^ Local Literature: Two Flowers of the Hong Kong Book Prize (in Chinese), Ming Pao, Life, 11 July 2013
  3. ^ I Subtly Paint My City in Black (in Chinese), Wen Wei Po, 26 December 2005
  4. ^ Tse Dorothy Hiu Hung, The Paper Republic
  5. ^ "Woman Fish" // The Guardian
  6. ^ Nicky Harman, The Paper Republic
  7. ^ Snow and Shadow, Muse, March 2014, pp. 9–11 (Translator's Introduction)
  8. ^ Dorothy Tse bio // International Writing Program, The University of Iowa