San Francisco, California
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Join us for a cocktail party to meet Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, the author of Sarong Party Girls, and let us take you to the vibrant city of Singapore for the evening. Treat yourself to a glass of wine or a Singapore-inspired cocktail while chatting with the author and get familiar with Singlish, the colorful Singaporean English language.
Tickets for this event are HK$350. One ticket will include two drinks* and a signed copy of Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan – Sarong Party Girls, which will be handed out at the event. This event will take place at CÉ LA VI located at 25/F Club Lounge, California Tower, 32 D'Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong. If there are any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at www.bookazine.com.hk.
Dress code: Stylish chic
*Beer, house red & white wine, juices, soft drinks and mineral water.
Sarong party Girls is a brilliant and utterly engaging novel—Emma set in modern Asia—about a young woman’s rise in the glitzy, moneyed city of Singapore, where old traditions clash with heady modern materialism.
The real-world term Sarong Party Girl has its roots in Singapore’s colonial past – when British soldiers would bring in local girls, often clad in sarongs, to parties – but in recent years it’s been popularized as a way to refer to young, provocatively-dressed Asian women who frequent glitzy clubs while on the hunt for rich white men who can give them the life of their dreams and even a “Chanel baby” – a half-white and half-Singaporean child that is as much a status symbol as a luxury handbag.
While living in Singapore, Cheryl found herself fascinated with SPG culture (which has exploded in popularity with the recent influx of ex-pats into the city), especially when many of her smart, modern female friends began to proudly call themselves SPGs. Cheryl’s personal experience, coupled with her bold decision to write the novel in Singlish (the local patois of Singapore with a distinct cadence and slang that’s a blend of English mixed with other Asian languages and is discouraged by the government), gives SARONG PARTY GIRLS a vibrant authenticity unlike no other. In this daring, sensational novel, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan truly captures the unique voice of a smart, striving woman caught between worlds.
Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan is a New York-based journalist and author of A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family, and edited the fiction anthology Singapore Noir. She has been a staff writer at the Wall Street Journal, In Style magazine, and the Baltimore Sun.
Organized by Bookazine & Hong Kong Moms
Supported by CÉ LA VI