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JJ Cowperthwaite and the Hong Kong Economic Miracle

Submitted by Andrew Craig-Bennett on Mon, 07/19/2010 - 15:10

With the border closed and the entrepot trade dying, the question was asked - what was Hong Kong to do to feed and house all its refugees?

The British Government's solution was to consider handing Hong Kong back to China, just at the moment when Uncle Sam had stopped telling them to do that.

There was another idea, though.

Time to introduce a hero of the Right throughout the world, the architect of the Hong Kong Economic Miracle, Sir John James Cowperthwaite:

Untapped history - can you help?

Submitted by David on Thu, 07/08/2010 - 21:19

I've got an idea to bring some more HK history out into the light. I can't do it alone, so I'm asking for your help.


The old Hong Kong Jurors Lists contain lots of valuable information. But, they're hidden away, and not very easy to search. We can fix those problems, and at the same time make its easier to spot new patterns in the information:

Wartime Cooking Area C, above Quarry Bay [????- ]

Submitted by David on Fri, 06/25/2010 - 15:20

If you walk Stage 2 of the Wilson Trail, you'll see this set of wartime cooking stoves.

I finally got to visit them for the first time this week, and take a closer look. They follow the same layout as the area E we've seen before, but are in slightly better condition.

Apart from the regular blocks of 8 stoves (4 large, 4 small on each), there's one much larger stove which I hadn't noticed before. The surround is higher, and there are steps for the cook to climb up to reach the wok. You can see it in the middle foreground of this photo: