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Chinese Diaspora Charity and the Cantonese Pacific, 1850-1949$
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John Fitzgerald and Hon-ming Yip

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528264

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528264.001.0001

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Making Chinese Charities Accountable

Making Chinese Charities Accountable

Institutional Changes in the Late Qing and the Republic and Their Overseas Connection

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Chinese Diaspora Charity and the Cantonese Pacific, 1850-1949

David Faure

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines an outline history of Chinese charity institutions with a focus on issues connected with financial accountability. It distinguishes the one-off single-purpose donation (for temple building, for example,) from the control and management of properties, and suggests where property ownership provided for regular income, government and legal measures were introduced. Even then, charities were not totally secular, as religion might be invoked for maintaining governance.

Keywords:   charity, donation, accountability, accounts, accounting control of property, self-government

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