Singapore-based bookstore chain Page One seems to be taking the mysterious disappearance of Lee Bo and his colleagues pretty seriously, removing from its Hong Kong shops all material banned from the mainland.
According to SCMP, the removal project began last year, around the time the first executive of Causeway Bay Bookstore went missing. “We were told to take all politically sensitive books off the shelves in late November,” reported a salesman from the Page One outlet in Tsim Sha Tsui. “The manager did not tell us the reason, but said Page One would no longer sell banned books ever again.”
Other Page One employees in Hong Kong have corroborated the ceasing of sales, none able to account for the decision.
Thankfully, it appears Taiwan retailers have no plans to retract their own controversial books about the private lives of Chinese leaders, with publishers having estimated a five-fold increase in demand since the arrival of mainland visitors in 2011.
So, it looks like you may have to cross the strait if you want to read about Xi Dada’s love life or Zhou Enlai’s sexual orientation.
By Pinky Latt