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Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of History

Title

Chinese Tong as British trust: Institutional collisions and legal disputes in urban Hong Kong, 1860s–1980s

Language

English

Abstract

By the nineteenth century, with the advance of British colonial activities, British corporate laws had been transplanted to maritime Asia with varying degrees of vigour. In British Hong Kong, these laws often clashed with native customs. Through a reconstruction of the legal disputes found in urban Hong Kong, this paper discusses how British and Chinese business traditions interacted with each other during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Before assessing the historical implications and consequences of these legal decisions, this paper will also explore whether the Chinese institution of tong is compatible with British law in urban Hong Kong. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2010.

Publication Date

2010

Source Publication Title

Modern Asian Studies

Volume

44

Issue

6

Start Page

1409

End Page

1432

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

ISSN (print)

002649X

ISSN (electronic)

14698099

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