About the author
Dr. Cheung Sui Wai, the Director of Research Centre for Ming-Qing Studies, Research Institute for the Humanities at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Dr. Cheung graduated with a BA degree in History from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1987 and as a History major from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1987. He received his M.St and D.Phil at Oxford. He has been specialized in the economic and social history of Ming-Qing China after graduation.
More information about the author: http://www.history.cuhk.edu.hk/swcheung.html
Brief introduction about the book
“The next story about demolished village will begin in the New Territories.” The author wrote at the last paragraph of the book.
This book brings in the village of Kowloon from early Qing Dynasty to post-war Hong Kong. During the post-war period, Hong Kong government redrafted the urban planning and resulted in village demolishment. The demolishment recounted the Kowloon village and their clan after experiencing the four main periods. The periods include the Qing government mandated vacating, British Hong Kong, Japanese Occupation, and an influx of mainland residents into Hong Kong after liberation.
As a result of the village dismantling, some communities were inevitably disappearing day by day. With the help of literature, historical materials, and oral history, the author portrayed vividly the scene of villagers dating back to their ancestors, resisting foreign invasions, worshipping their forefathers, and getting everything settled for villagers after demolishment. This book introduces history of Kowloon and addresses issues that Hong Kong residents concern, for example, striking a balance between heritage conservation and urban development. This book can be regarded as the story of the ancient village of Kowloon since its modernization.