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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 Japanese Occupation, Recovery, and Transformation 1941–1970

The Japanese Occupation, Recovery, and Transformation 1941–1970

(p.72) 4 The Japanese Occupation, Recovery, and Transformation 1941–1970
A Chinese Melting Pot

Elizabeth Lominska Johnson

Graham E. Johnson

Hong Kong University Press

Kwan Mun Hau Village in Tsuen Wan includes the Yau, Chan, and Fan lineages. Some members also lived in nearby villages. Both reconstructed full genealogies and printed them for their members in the 1960s-70s, bringing them to the present and mentioning their halls, re-sited when Kwan Mun Hau moved in 1964. The Yau also preserved an important document, a will from 1837, dividing the property among the branches. Kwan Mun Hau has two protective shrines, one honouring nine long-term workers who died defending the village. Before the Japanese occupation, marriages were arranged, and sometimes made with small daughters-in-law. Women were expected to work hard for their husbands’ families. Children often did not survive, and families resorted to adoption.

Keywords:   lineages, genealogies, shrines, livelihood, women’s work, women’s relationships, songs and laments, marriage arrangements and rites, adoption, funerals

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