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A colloquial, Cantonese term for a business executive. It literally means "top class." The term originated as an expression for Western executives who did business in Hong Kong during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
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Other books published this year included The Embezzler by Louis Auchincloss, a novel; Tai-Pan
by James Clavell, a novel about Japan in the mid-nineteenth century; Papa Hemingway by A.
For sheer escapism, the answer is Tai-Pan
,by James Clavell, a swashbuckling, dastardly tale of rivalry between two trading companies in 19th-century Hong Kong.