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Governors, Politics and The Colonial OfficePublic Policy in Hong Kong, 1918-58$
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Gavin Ure

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083947

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083947.001.0001

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The Origins of Policy, 1917–30

The Origins of Policy, 1917–30

(p.27) 3 The Origins of Policy, 1917–30
Governors, Politics and The Colonial Office

Gavin Ure

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter explores issues that arose between 1918 and 1930. It examines the belated introduction of factory legislation and legislation concerning the registration and eventual abolition of the system of mui tsai, a traditional Chinese form of female child servitude. It examines the interplay of the Hong Kong government and the unofficials and the role of Colonial Office officials. It considers the effect, detrimental to the development of autonomy, of ignoring the impact of British public opinion. It also examines how residential rents came to be controlled in the face of both strong support and equally strong opposition.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, Governors, Colonial Office, UK, Policy-making, Mui tsai, Child servitude, Factory legislation, Rent control

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