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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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The Early Years of the Yau, Chan, and Fan Lineages in Tsuen Wan

The Early Years of the Yau, Chan, and Fan Lineages in Tsuen Wan

3 The Early Years of the Yau, Chan, and Fan Lineages in Tsuen Wan
A Chinese Melting Pot

Elizabeth Lominska Johnson

Graham E. Johnson

Hong Kong University Press

Tsuen Wan’s history as a Hakka district dates to the 18th century, after the lifting of the coastal expulsion order in the early Qing dynasty. It was poor and rugged, with some reclamation on the coast, and was famous for its pineapples, which could be taken by boat to Hong Kong Island. A daily coastal market developed, and connections to urban Hong Kong grew as industry developed. The district was self-governing through a body attached to the central Tianhou temple, and relatively peaceful, with many small lineages. Wealthier families often hired long-term workers to help with farming and business, but women were also known for their hard work in agriculture, and kin relationships through women helped in creating a tight-knit society. There also were strong bonds among women, expressed through their laments and mountain songs.

Keywords:   agriculture, marketing, governance, settlement history, community relations, long-term workers, Tianhou, festivals, mountain songs

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