Dung, Kai-Cheung (1967–) By Rojas, Carlos
One of Hong Kong’s most celebrated authors, Dung Kai-Cheung is known for his intricately metatextual works. Inspired by European modernist writers such as Marcel Proust and Italo Calvino, Dung’s stories and novels frequently reflect provocatively on their own fictionality, while at the same time exploring issues of history and temporality, writing and representation, gender and desire. His works reveal a fascination with textual traces, material objects, family history, and the socio-symbolic space of Hong Kong. Dung publishes the first editions of his novels in either Hong Kong or Taiwan, and has won major literary prizes in both regions. In addition to his fictional writings, Dung also has regular columns in Hong Kong newspapers, and has published his essays in several collected volumes.