Endings and Beginnings

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:
Endings and Beginnings

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This chapter explores repatriated British migrants and the effect of their migrant lives in the context of an English village. It discusses how they play locally and the difference they make. Closer examination of village bodies and their social alchemy reveals people that may not have been noticed. Ethnicity is silently present here and unannounced forms of whiteness were forged in intimate proximity with the subjects and practices of colonial governance. The English village, on the surface the most parochial of places, with its yeoman resonance and feudal theocratic accents, is actually created in intimate association with distant places. The village is just on the road from anywhere in the world. The chapter describes Joyce and memories of her life in Hong Kong and her return to Devonshire.

Keywords: repatriation; British migrants; English village; ethnicity; colonialism; Hong Kong

Chapter.  3882 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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