Peking Story: The Last Days of Old China by David Kidd

By David Kidd

For 2 years ahead of and after the 1948 Communist Revolution, David Kidd lived in Peking, the place he married the daughter of an aristocratic chinese language relations. "I used to hope," he writes, "that a few brilliant younger student on a examine provide may write approximately us and our chinese language acquaintances ahead of it used to be too overdue and we have been all lifeless and long gone, folding into the darkness the beauty that were our lives." the following Kidd himself brings that ask yourself to lifestyles.

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425). A small mosque was completed there by 1890 and enlarged again in 1905 (Incorporated Trustees of the Islamic Community Fund). This mosque, now named the Jamia Masjid, is popularly called the Shelley Street Mosque and is considered Hong Kong’s first mosque. In July 1870 some land in Happy Valley was given to the trustees for a Muslim cemetery. When this was developed, it also had a small mosque. In Kowloon, land was given in 1884 to meet the needs of the Punjab regiment stationed at Whitfield Barracks off Nathan Road.

This mosque still stands today, despite the fact that there are now few, if any, Muslim prison guards left. The mosque is seldom used and as a result it is a contested space which the prison service would like to use for other purposes. Weiss reports the unusual circumstances experienced by the prison guards during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong in World War II. At this time, the Indian workers were called on to service the boundaries of the social divide. The Japanese kept the Indian prison guards in their jobs, but now they were overseeing the British as inmates.

This story begins prior to 1997 with the first formal recognition of discrimination coming with the establishment of the Equal Opportunities Commission in 1996 as an independent statutory body. Despite the Hong Kong government having signed the United Nations International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination Transformations 43 (ICERD) in 1969, there had never been any formal acknowledgement of racial discrimination in the territory. There was therefore no law prohibiting acts of racial discrimination in work, public housing, or government policy.

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