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Returning Home with GloryChinese Villagers around the Pacific, 1849 to 1949$
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Michael Williams

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9789888390533

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888390533.001.0001

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Because in the Tang Mountains We Have a Big House

Because in the Tang Mountains We Have a Big House

(p.66) 4 Because in the Tang Mountains We Have a Big House
Returning Home with Glory

Michael Williams

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter is a comprehensive look at a specific qiaoxiang—the Zhongshan County district of Long Du—to create a case study illustrating the role of the qiaoxiang in the links with the Pacific destinations. Here it is argued that support for and intention to return to the qiaoxiang were the basic motivating factors in the links between the Pearl River Delta qiaoxiang and the Pacific Ports in the years after 1849. The history of the qiaoxiang links is not only a history of movement outside the qiaoxiang but a history of efforts to survive, return to, retire in, and improve the qiaoxiang. The huaqiao’s efforts were aimed at using the wealth and resources they could obtain in the destinations to improve the position of themselves, their families, and possibly their clans and villages, in the qiaoxiang. This was an aim that not all fulfilled but this does not mean it did not exist.

Keywords:   Zhongshan, Long Du, Liang Du, qiaoxiang links, Taishan, Cantonese, Shekki, Village, Gold Mountain women, Remittances

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