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Enriching Lives: A History of Insurance in Hong Kong, 1841-2010

Bangyan Feng Mee Kau Nyaw and Mee Kau Nyaw


Insurance is one of Hong Kong's oldest industries. In the nineteenth century, the lucrative trade between China and Europe carried many risks—piracy, warfare, fire, loss of goods, and other mishaps. Dozens of different insurance firms—some home-grown, others imported—established themselves in the colony to protect ships and their cargoes. With the diversification of Hong Kong's economy into manufacturing and services, Hong Kong became a global center of insurance, and the industry continues to transform itself today through changing practices and new lines of business. This is the first histor ... More

Keywords: insurance industry, Hong Kong, economy, typhoons, shipwrecks, fires, wars, political turbulence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9789888028702
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888028702.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bangyan Feng Mee Kau Nyaw, author

Mee Kau Nyaw, author