Emigrant Communities in South China – Ta Chen (1939) (1st ed)


Emigrant Communities in South China – Ta Chen (1939) (1st ed)


Title: Emigrant Communities in South China: A study of Overseas Migration and its Influence of Standards of Living and Social Change

Author: Ta Chen

Publisher: Oxford University Press, 1939. First edition.

Condition: Hardcover, no dust jacket. Very good. Some tanning and foxing to edges. Small bookseller’s sticker to endpaper. Very few, barely noticeable annotations in pencil. Numerous tables and charts. 287pp. App 9″ by 6″.

A very interesting, very valuable source of information on the Hokkien, Teochew and Cantonese communities in China and abroad.

Contents include:

Environment and Race

Geographic Influences

Racial Origins – Migration Movements

Density of Population

Culture Traits

Occupations in Typical Communities (Chuan Chou, HaiChin, Amoy, Chao Chou)

Handicrafts – Chin Hai cloth, Grass cloth, Joss paper, etc

The Psychic Environment – Religious belief/practices


The non-emigrant community

The emigrant community

The overseas Chinese community

Methods of Remitting money

Principal uses of remittances

Food, Clothing, and Shelter

Food consumption in the Emigrant Community

Food consumption overseas

Clothing in the Emigrant community

Clothing of Chinese overseas

Typical homes

The Family

Family structure

The Position of Women

The Position of Children

Marriage Arrangements