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Early Chinese Labourers & History and Culture of Overseas Chinese’s Home Towns

Early Chinese Labourers & History and Culture of Overseas Chinese’s Home Towns

Date: 2018/2/3 (Saturday)
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Venue: Hong Kong Central Library (Lecture Theatre)
Speaker: Professor TAN Jinhua, Selia (Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Wuyi University)
Organiser: Jointly organized with the TWGHs Records and Heritage Office
Remarks: Conducted in Cantonese. Free admission by reservation. Reservations for the talk starts on 23.01.2018 (Tuesday) and can be made by calling Tung Wah Museum at 2770 0867 (9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., except Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays). Seats are limited. Each person may reserve two seats for each talk. First-come-first-served.
Enquiry Telephone Number: 2770 0867

From the mid-19th century to early 20th century, there were waves of emigration from China due to political, economic and social factors at home and abroad. An estimated three million people left their hometowns in Guangdong during this period to earn a living abroad. They embarked on their journeys in hopes of improving their livelihood, but many Chinese labourers were in fact subject to discrimination and even violence. Meanwhile, Hong Kong was a transit point in their outbound and homeward journey – whether they were alive or dead. In her lecture, Professor Tan will present in detail the lives of early Chinese labourers and the unique “home town” culture in Guangdong.