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A Chinese Melting PotOriginal People and Immigrants in Hong Kong's First 'New Town'$
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Elizabeth Lominska Johnson and Graham E. Johnson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9789888455898

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888455898.001.0001

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Some Historical Background

Some Historical Background

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(p.19) 2 Some Historical Background
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A Chinese Melting Pot
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Elizabeth Lominska Johnson

Graham E. Johnson

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888455898.003.0002

Tsuen Wan offered an appropriate, although politically challenging, research site to social scientists interested in the social effects of economic transformation. The process of refining their methods and specific locations took some months, during which the authors explored the town and its surroundings, studied district office records, and learned about the complexities of land ownership in this industrial town in the New Territories. Elizabeth focused primarily on one village, studying the effects of industrialization on families and the demographic transition as well as the survival of lineages, while Graham focused on the adaptation of immigrants through the formation of associations and questions of leadership overall.

Keywords:   academic preparation, New Territories, original inhabitants, economic transformation, land ownership, demographic transition, villages, housing, research methods

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