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Hong Kong: 'The Hub of the Orient' (1937)

Approved | | Documentary, Short | 1 May 1937 (USA)
A Traveltalk look at Hong Kong in the 1930s.


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Uncredited cast:
James A. FitzPatrick ...
Himself - Narrator (uncredited)


Hong Kong is an important port city because of its location, it which does about $1 billion in business every year. Despite its East Asian location, it is under British rule the result of a war due to the Chinese not wanting to open up to international trade. As such, it is an interesting mix of British and East Asian influences. The international global trade activities in the port contrast with the basic lives of the approximately 30,000 who reside on sanpans or junks. Fish is both an important part of the diet as well as a source of primary industry. The primary city of Hong Kong is Victoria, named after the British monarch. Its residents are comprised of a wide range of ethnicities from around the world. Life is also a mix of modern western influences arrived with the British, and the predominant cultural influence of the traditional Chinese. The Chinese section of the island is the most densely populated urban area in the world. Repulse Bay, so named because pirates were repulsed... Written by Huggo

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(RCA High Fidelity Recording)



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1.37 : 1
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13 May 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Hong Kong: The Hub of the Orient (1937)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

James A. FitzPatrick's TravelTalks series through MGM continues in this trip to Hong Kong where we learn about their people, customs and their land. The most entertaining aspect of this film is its look at the local fishing communities, which contain some pretty strange "rules" about the women and some neat looks at the things they come up with by using the fish. We see many small shops where the people of Hong Kong try making money and we also learn about how other counties are trying to make a mark there. Whereas a lot of Hong Kong is still old fashioned, new customs are trying to work in to where people can make good for themselves. As is the usual case, the narration is top-notch and we get some beautiful places to look out in all their Technicolor glory.

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