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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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An Unexpected Opportunity

An Unexpected Opportunity

Kwan Mun Hau Celebrates 50 Years

(p.197) 10 An Unexpected Opportunity
A Chinese Melting Pot

Elizabeth Lominska Johnson

Graham E. Johnson

Hong Kong University Press

Although their rights are protected, the original people have recently intermingled with immigrants in most aspects of life. Over time their distinctive identity has faded as they, and the immigrants, have increasingly blended into the Hong Kong population. The construction of the MTR line, although profoundly disruptive, connected Tsuen Wan to urban Hong Kong and the new airport. The central Tianhou temple was directly affected, but was preserved, and continues to be managed by the Rural Committee, although many immigrants worship there, especially Teochiu women devotees. In Kwan Mun Hau, although many members now live elsewhere, the lineages have remained strong, and the village united, as evidenced by a special ceremony and banquet on the day before retrocession. Their level of education and quality of life have greatly increased.

Keywords:   identity, wellbeing, MTR construction, Tianhou temple management, Tianhou temple devotees, mountain songs, lineage ceremonies, retrocession

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