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The Private Life of Old Hong Kong: Western Women in the British Colony, 1841-1941

Hoe, Susanna

Verlag: Oxford University Press, 1991
ISBN 10: 019582797X / ISBN 13: 9780195827972
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Titel: The Private Life of Old Hong Kong: Western ...

Verlag: Oxford University Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 1991

Einband: Soft cover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Drawing on many previously untapped sources, this is the missing story ofthe women who helped shape Hong Kong. From the wives of Governors and Taipans tomissionaries, doctors, shopkeepers, and prostitutes, women have beeninstrumental in the fight for education and health services, human rights, andmore recently, the political stability of the colony, although they have alsobeen the victims of scandal and violence. Alive with colourful characters, thiscompelling story fills a gap too frequently left in histories of the BritishEmpire. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_019582797X

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Inhaltsangabe: Modern histories rarely mention the myriad of western women who lived in Hong Kong and the Canton Delta during the British colonial years. This is their untold story, and represents an historical reconstruction of women's lives from all levels of society--from the wives of governors and Taipans, to missionaries, doctors, shopkeepers, and prostitutes. It is the fascinating story of their private lives, brought to life with the help of letters, diaries, and other previously untapped sources.
Spanning one of the most turbulent centuries in Chinese history, The Private Life of Old Hong Kong reveals the personal dimension underlying such events as the Opium Wars, and offers a full picture of women who were well-known in the public arena only as centers of scandal, or victims of violent crime. And it also tells the story of the women who were instrumental in the development of education and health services in old Hong Kong. As the period comes to a close, the figure of the woman emerging from the shadows takes on a truly heroic proportion as she becomes more and more politically active, challenging the status quo regardless of the personal cost. Lively, colorful, and charged with the immediacy of eyewitness accounts, The Private Life of Old Hong Kong offers readers a vivid look at women until now largely--and wrongfully--forgotten.

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Susanna Hoe is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Her previous books include Lady in the Chamber, God Save the Tsar, and The Man Who Gave His Company Away.

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