Mo Tat Village on Lamma in the Seventies
Six young Hongkongers and Gweilo in Mo Tat Village are working on an oral history project. We have hit two interesting roadblocks:
Even in the Government archives in North Point, I could not find any aerial photos of South Lamma. This place seems to have been ignored (in other documentation as well) ever since the earth was still flat and the village was right on the edge, about to fall off. Any helpful ideas?
During the interviews, two of the charming oldsters in the village mentioned a seventies colonial government policy to "depopulate" the New Territories by inviting them to emigrate to Britain. Huh? That would be the first time in the history of colonialism, but then, what do I know. Any thoughts/links/info on this, and the Hongkong government's policy regarding the NT in the Seventies?
PS. They also said that the district officers recruited them to work on ships. Any info/thoughts on that?
Cheers, and many thanks,