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  • 作者:Hugh D. Baker
  • 出版社:City University of Hong Kong Press
  • 出版年份:2020
  • 語言:English
  • ISBN:9789629375539


“For myself, however, it is the human element, the recollected words,
the remembered faces, which give life to the printed record.”

James Hayes’s many writings have made a major contribution to knowledge about life in rural Hong Kong. This book presents sixteen of his illuminating and original articles, each of which is rooted in his experiences as a district officer, administering and visiting villages under his care. His interest in the life and lives of the people went far beyond the formal demands of his official work, and Dr Hayes grew to admire and respect the villagers. As a result, his writings are suffused with his affection and esteem. Intended for scholars in the field of New Territories history as well as general readers interested in rural life in the region, A Pattern of Life provides a fascinating, academically important, yet highly readable picture of traditional life in rural South China and reinforces Dr Hayes’s reputation as one of the most important writers on the New Territories.

“[James was] the archetypical example of those remarkable Colonial Service officers who became fascinated by, and deeply engaged with, the territories and people which it was their task to administer.”

– Lord Wilson of Tillyorn
Governor of Hong Kong (1987–1992)




Hugh D.R. Baker is Emeritus Professor of Chinese at London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). His research work has mainly been conducted in Hong Kong where in the early 1960s he lived in a village studying the history and organisation of a long-established clan. He has published widely on Chinese culture, history, society, and language, was Chinese language Training Adviser to the Hong Kong Government in the early 1970s, and has made considerable contributions in radio, television, and newspaper writings.

A Pattern of Life: Essays on Rural Hong Kong by James Hayes