The Code of Silence across the Hong Kong Eurasian Community(ies)

Vicky Lee

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Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print February 2018 | ISBN: 9789888390847
Published online September 2018 | e-ISBN: 9789888455010 | DOI:
The Code of Silence across the Hong Kong Eurasian Community(ies)

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This chapter examines the dynamics of Hong Kong’s Eurasian community (from the 1860s to the 1960s) in terms of the community’s perception of its own members, the attitudes of its members towards their own European and Chinese heritage, and the mutual perceptions and interactions with other ethnic groups in the city during the period in question. Despite the fact that many Eurasians have served in various roles in Hong Kong, in both the public and private sectors, from doctors and lawyers to nurses, teachers, clerks and stenographers, particularly since the late 1800s, not much is known about this community. Unlike other ethnic groups such as the Parsee and the Portuguese communities, who shared a common religion common cultural practices identity, the sense of community among Eurasians was nebulous and sporadic. Ironically, one common practice shared by members of this community was a conscious attempt to de-emphasize their membership of this ethnic group and a reluctance to acknowledge their Eurasian heritage both on an individual and collective level.

Keywords: Hong Kong; Eurasian community; Identity

Chapter.  9645 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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