Old China Hands

Caroline Knowles and Douglas Harper

in Hong Kong

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780226448565
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226448589 | DOI:
Old China Hands

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This chapter describes British migrants John and Lyn staying in the island of Lamma, who are experienced migrants in the region. They are long-term residents, without plans to move on, who think of themselves as Hong Kong belongers. This is displayed in their relationships with other migrants, whom they think about in terms of length of stay and depth of familiarity with Hong Kong. This theme is also displayed in their troubled relationship with Britain, which they rule out as a place of return. Being an old China hand involves a level of competence in managing life locally. John and Lyn's version of migration lifestyle involves a different configuration of work and leisure. Their relationship with Chineseness reveals a different approach to living locally, and a particular version of Chineseness.

Keywords: British migrants; Lamma; Hong Kong; migration; work; leisure; Chineseness

Chapter.  5151 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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