Ancestral Images: The Complete Hong Kong Album by Hugh Baker

By Hugh Baker

A brand new variation in a single quantity of Hugh Baker's celebrated 3 volumes of Ancestral photographs initially released in 1979, 1980 and 1981. The a hundred and twenty articles and images discover lifestyle, customs and rituals in Hong Kong's rural New Territories. each one mouthful is entire in itself, yet jointly the articles volume to a considerable dinner party. They examine faith, foodstuff, language, historical past, fairs, relations, unusual happenings and extended family war. The e-book records a lot which may not be chanced on. however it additionally offers an realizing of a global which has now not but fullyyt disappeared, and which nonetheless types the history for all times in sleek, city Hong Kong.

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In cases of adultery in the past, it was considered fitting that drowning should be the punishment for the offenders. There was a case in the New Territories as late as the 1960s where an unofficial village court decided to carry out such a sentence. The adulterous couple were placed in pig baskets just like these, and were only saved from the pond’s murky waters by the timely arrival of a lorry-load of police, summoned on the telephone by a sensible citizen.  A 0RDW nyone who has “done” the New Territories by road will know the village of Kat Hing Wai in Kam Tin.

Whenever a Chinaman travels he is bound — on principle as it were — to smuggle something, be it copper cash, copper cents, salt, opium, tobacco, silk, or any one of a thousand different commodities. 12 In the course of his career Arlington spent quite a lot of time on Cheung Chau Island where, before it came under British rule in 1898, there was a customs post under the Kowloon area office. He was not exactly enamoured of his posting: The island contained a population of some 5,000 Chinese, most of whom were engaged in manufacturing shrimp sauce, the vile stench of which nearly drove us frantic.

In a rural community such as Taitou, although a young couple may not know each other personally, their backgrounds, their attitudes toward life are so similar that there is no danger of conflicting ideologies or patterns of living. 21 Nowadays in Hong Kong arranged marriage is uncommon. Young people instead indulge in the practice of paak-toh (拍拖 “courting”). The term has acquired respectability, but on the tongue of an old-fashioned person it still seems to carry its slightly derisive basic meaning “dragging each other about by the hand”.

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