This book, first published in 1980, is a study of how refugee immigrants from China make a living as market gardeners in a valley in Hong Kong. Based on extensive field-work, it examines various aspects of economic life; the discussion concerns the adaptations necessitated on the part of the gardeners by the new socio-economic structures which present themselves. The general problem of agricultural change is discussed and the Hong Kong observations are systematized into a comparative Chinese framework.
Table of Contents
1. The Sha Tin Valley: Some Introductory Remarks 2. Environmental Prerequisites for Market Gardening 3. Market Gardening 4. Investments, Expenditures and Efforts 5. Credit and Demand 6. Some Other Activities 7. Marketing 8. The Development of Horticulture in Sha Tin 9. Sha Tin in a Chinese Context 10. Epilogue: Economic Man in Sha Tin