By Hugh Baker
A brand new variation in a single quantity of Hugh Baker's celebrated 3 volumes of Ancestral photos initially released in 1979, 1980 and 1981. The a hundred and twenty articles and pictures discover way of life, customs and rituals in Hong Kong's rural New Territories. each one mouthful is whole in itself, yet jointly the articles volume to a considerable banquet. They examine faith, nutrition, language, background, fairs, relatives, unusual happenings and extended family struggle. The ebook records a lot which may not be chanced on. however it additionally offers an figuring out of an international which has no longer but completely disappeared, and which nonetheless kinds the history for all times in sleek, city Hong Kong.
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