The Book -

The Arrival

Published by Hachette Australia


The book chosen for the first ever One City One Book initiative in Hong Kong is The Arrival (2006), a wordless graphic novel by the Chinese Australian graphic novelist Shaun Tan.


The Arrival is a particularly appropriate choice for the first One City One Book initiative in Hong Kong. Shaun Tan’s wordless graphic novel transcends language barriers and tells an immigrant story with resonant themes of migration, belonging, and hospitality. This celebrated book appeals to people of all ages, be they children, young adults or adults. 

Shaun Tan on One City One Book Hong Kong / 我城我書

Tan on One City One Book Hong Kong

(Full video available here)


One City One Book Hong Kong (我城我書) is a community reading programme which aims to encourage as many people as possible, to read and discuss a single book at around the same time. Each year students, scholars, and readers of all kinds will focus their attention on one single book. A series of activities related to the chosen book will be held around Hong Kong, including discussions of the book and its themes, along with exhibitions, film screenings, school events, book discussions, author visits, cultural performances, library events, and so forth. The goals of the initiative are to build a sense of community and promote reading, discussion, and civic engagement. To get started, see below for this year’s book!


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