Ray Hecht, born in the 1980s in Israel, grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, before moving to Long Beach, California, and then to China in 2008. He is the author of the recently published South China Morning Blues, his first novel, about a set of idiosyncratic expats trying to make sense of the modern China in which they reside. Hecht has spent time all over the Pearl River Delta zone, from Shenzhen to Guangzhou to Hong Kong. He found his passion as an observer of contemporary Chinese culture, and wrote and edited for Shenzhen Daily – the only daily English-language newspaper in Guangdong province – along with other freelance projects.
March 14: South China Morning Blues