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Fortune's Bazaar : The Making of Hong Kong by Vaudine England

Fortune's Bazaar : The Making of Hong Kong by Vaudine England

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'Vivid, atmospheric, packed with brilliant story-telling' - Humphrey Hawksley, former BBC Beijing, Hong Kong and Asia Correspondent '[An] entertaining guide, rich in anecdote and understanding for an early globalised world that has gone' - Michael Sheridan, Sunday Times 'Illuminating' - Thomas Dyja, New York Times Book Review

A timely, well-researched, and vibrant new history of Hong Kong that reveals the untold stories of the diverse peoples who have made it a multicultural world metropolis-and whose freedoms are endangered today. Hong Kong has always been many cities to many people: a seaport, a gateway to an empire, a place where fortunes can be dramatically made or lost. A British Crown Colony for 155 years, Hong Kong is now ruled by the Chinese Communist Party who continues to threaten its democracy and put its rich legacy at risk.

Here, renowned journalist Vaudine England delves into Hong Kong's complex history and its people-diverse, multi-cultural, cosmopolitan-who have made this one-time fishing village into the world port city it is today. Rather than a traditional history describing a town led by British Governors or a mere offshoot of a collapsing Chinese empire, Fortune's Bazaar is the first thorough examination of the varied peoples who made Hong Kong. Many of Hong Kong's most influential figures during its first century as a city were neither British nor Chinese - they were Malay or Indian, Jewish or Armenian, Parsi or Portuguese, Eurasian or Chindian - or simply, Hong Kongers.

England describes those overlooked in history including the opium-traders who built synagogues or churches, ship-owners carrying gold-rush migrants, property tycoons, and more. A story of empire, race, and sex, Fortune's Bazaar combines deep archival research and oral history to present a vivid history of a special place-a unique city made by diverse people of the world, whose part in its creation has never been properly told until now.


Publication: 6 Jun 2024, Little Brown

ISBN: 9781472157133
Extent: 368 pages

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