Colonial Hong Kong And Modern China: Interaction And by Pui-tak Lee

By Pui-tak Lee

The evolution of Hong Kong, as a British colony and now a unique Administrative zone at China's door step, has continuously been inextricably intertwined with the location in China. This dating is tested via a variety of views during this quantity.

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Mr Ross Thomson:- Is that enough to account for the difference or is it simply a matter of combination? THE COMMON PEOPLE IN HONG KONG HISTORY The Chairman - Then nee costs considerably more Mr Ross Thomson - But labour has gone up out of all proportion Mr Chow Shou-son - Necessities have gone up fifty per cent Mr Ross Thomson - Labour has gone up a hundred and fifty per cent The Charrman gave an example of a chair coolie now paid $12 per month as against $6 Mr Ross Thomson - Take bricklayers and carpenters, how their wages have advanced Does anybody know 7 It would be rather interesting to have information on that Mr Chan Harr - The advance in wages of bricklayers, carpenters and joiners within the last fifteen years, I should say, is from fifty to seventy per cent Mr Ross Thomson -1 thought it was more The Chairman - More A hundred per cent Mr Chan Harr - No Most of the labour is contract, but taking the odd jobs, so far as I know from my own job contractors putting up jobs for my Company, they tell me, a few months ago, that fifteen years ago they could get a bricklayer for 45 cents a day, he to find his own chow Now they want 75 to 80 cents a day Mr Ross Thomson - And still gets his own chow*?

It gives weight to the history of men at work at the expense of women at work, in the factory, as domestics, bonded servants, housewives or in the brothels. It stereotypes the able-bodied male as the worker, discounting children at work and the handicapped. Despite the gaps, the impression comes through clearly that from the 1880s to the 1930s, as an elite emerged from among the Chinese population, a substantial number of people lived, not necessarily in monetary poverty — when wages are compared between Hong Kong and the mainland — but under the burden of high rent that outstripped any improvement that wage increases might warrant.

The adults avail themselves of the nearby public conveniences. 15 By August 1881, the Governor was falling out with both his own officers and the Colonial Office. The Surveyor General reported to London his disagreements with the Governor in terms that show quite unmistakably where he thought the fault lay: I also enclose, for your Lordship's information, a copy, marked C, of the instructions to the Nuisance Inspectors, drawn up some years ago by the Colonial Surgeon and myself. These instructions were cancelled by Governor Hennessy two years ago, because his Excellency considered them oppressive to the Chinese, and because they did not conform to Chinese ideas of what the duties of a Nuisance Inspector should be.

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