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Caroline Knowles and Douglas Harper

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226448565

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226448589.001.0001

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Old China Hands

Old China Hands

(p.78) Old China Hands
Hong Kong

Caroline Knowles

Douglas Harper

University of Chicago Press

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

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