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The Boat Girl and the Magic Fish is a tender introduction to one of the lifestyles that has long identified Hong Kong as a place unique in the world. Kum-choi, a boat girl who has grown up on a Chinese junk at sea, must join in the progress and go ashore to school. There she experiences the shock of seagoing fisherfolk as they resettle on shore to learn new ways that will forever separate them from the old ways they know and love.The sea gypsies' junks and butterfly-wing sails are disappearing and a time-honored way of life is passing. But Kum-choi has a friend - the Magic Fish - to whom she can beckon for help in her saddest times. With the help of the Magic Fish, Kum-choi heroically uses her knowledge of the sea to save her schoolmates and in so doing rediscovers herself and her heritage. She cannot again give up the sea and elects instead to stand forever at the shoreline - a kind of goddess for the fisherfolk who must come ashore while still looking back for their roots and the gentle sway of a boat in the ocean. In this, The Boat Girl and The Magic Fish is truly a fairy tale of Hong Kong.

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Dean Barrett has been living in Asia for over three decades.  While living in New York, Dean was a member of Dramatists Guild, a board member of Mystery Writers of America and a librettist/lyricist with BMI.  He lived in Hong Kong for 17 years where he was managing director of Hong Kong Publishing Company, Ltd.  He has written several books on China and Thailand.  His musical, Fragrant Harbour, set in 1857 Hong Kong, was selected by the National Alliance for Musical Theater to be shown to producers and directors on 42nd Street, NYC. His play, Bones of the Chinamen, set in Swatow (Shantou) in 1862, won the South Asian prize of the BBC International Playwriting Competition, coming in among the top 8 selected out of 1200 entries.  His one-act plays have been staged in ten countries.  Dean now lives in Thailand.
China-related material by Dean Barrett:
 
Don Quixote in China: The Search for Peach Blossom Spring
Dragon Slayer
Hangman's Point
Thieves Hamlet
The Boat Girl & the Magic Fish
Fragrant Harbour
Bones of the Chinamen
Aberdeen: Catching the Last Rays
Pop Darrell's Last Case
 

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