By Hugh Baker
A brand new variation in a single quantity of Hugh Baker's celebrated 3 volumes of Ancestral photographs initially released in 1979, 1980 and 1981. The one hundred 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 quantity to a considerable ceremonial dinner. They examine faith, nutrition, language, background, gala's, relations, unusual happenings and extended family struggle. The publication records a lot which may now not be came upon. however it additionally presents an realizing of an international which has no longer but completely disappeared, and which nonetheless varieties the history for all times in sleek, city Hong Kong.
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