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Locating Chinese WomenHistorical Mobility between China and Australia$
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Kate Bagnall and Julia T. Martínez

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528615

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528615.001.0001

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Daisy Kwok’s Shanghai: Life in China before and after 1949

Daisy Kwok’s Shanghai: Life in China before and after 1949

(p.230) 10 Daisy Kwok’s Shanghai: Life in China before and after 1949
Locating Chinese Women

Sophie Loy-Wilson

Hong Kong University Press

In the interwar years a number of prominent Chinese Australian families moved to Hong Kong and Shanghai where they built famous department store chains. While much has been written about the ‘Four Great Department Stores’, little is known of the family dynamics which underpinned these businesses. This chapter uses the private archives of Chinese Australian woman Daisy Kwok, whose life would forever be affected by her father’s decision to move the family to Shanghai to work for Wing On & Co. in the 1920s. It argues that we need to pay greater attention to the issue of return migration in overseas Chinese history, especially its impact on women’s lives.

Keywords:   Wing On & Co, return migration, department store, overseas Chinese, business history

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