Kwong Chan Timber Merchants (廣棧木行)

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York Lo: Kwong Chan Timber Merchants (廣棧木行) Left: Kwong Chan founder Wong Shui-leung; Right: Ad for Kwong Chan Timber Merchants in 1967 (Pun U District Association, 1967) Earlier in the group, we have covered several players in the timber business in HK such as Wong Tong Kee, Wing Tai Cheung and Ng Jim Kai. One of the leading players in […]

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Standard, Tai Hing and Tung Shing: Distributors of Japanese Sewing Machines

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York Lo: Standard, Tai Hing and Tung Shing: Distributors of Japanese Sewing Machines During the post war industrial boom in Hong Kong, sewing machines were a big business as garment factories and many housewives who made extra money acting as contractors bought them in large numbers. While the American sewing machine giant Singer was the 800-pound gorilla in the business, […]

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From Textiles to Electronics: the Zau family of Zoong Sing, Microtron and EDL

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York Lo: From Textiles to Electronics: the Zau family of Zoong Sing, Microtron and EDL Earlier on the website, we covered many Shanghainese industrialists who have contributed significantly to the development of many different industries in Hong Kong in the 1950s and 1960s ranging from textiles to plastics. This article covers the family of Zau Sing-tao, the founder of Zoong […]

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True Gold Fears No Fire: 150 Years of Tse Lee Yuen (謝利源)

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York Lo: True Gold Fears No Fire: 150 Years of Tse Lee Yuen (謝利源) Founded in Macau in 1867, Tse Lee Yuen (also known as Che Lei Un and Che Lee Yuen and now known as O’Che 1867) is one of the oldest jewelers in Macau which is still going strong under the management of the fourth generation. In the […]

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From Metals Trading to Real Estate: the Lau Family of Pak Hing Loong (百興隆)

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York Lo: From Metals Trading to Real Estate: the Lau Family of Pak Hing Loong (百興隆) The Lau family has been a major player in the metals trading business in Hong Kong for over seven decades through Pak Hing Loong Ltd which was formed in the 1940s and incorporated in 1957 and like many others augmented their fortunes as pioneers […]

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Lai Yung Shang (雷允上) – the Centuries Old Maker of Lu Sheng Pills (六神丸)

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York Lo: Lai Yung Shang (雷允上) – the Centuries Old Maker of Lu Sheng Pills (六神丸) Earlier on the website we have covered several Western pharmaceutical manufacturers from Shanghai such as Sine and New Asiatic whose proprietors continued their businesses in HK after the Communists came to power in 1949 while their operations in the mainland became state-owned enterprises that […]

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Wong Ying Interior Design Co(黃鶧設計樓)

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York Lo: Wong Ying Interior Design Co(黃鶧設計樓) Left: Artistic ad of Wong Ying Interior Design in 1975 celebrating Lo Pan’s birthday (the Chinese characters on the left) and its sixth anniversary (KSDN, 1975-7-21); Right: Wong Ying in 1974 (KSEN, 1974-6-7) Earlier in the group, we have covered Ip Chung-sang, a leading HK interior designer and decorator for Chinese restaurants locally […]

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Tabaqueria Filipina, Hwa Ching Tobacco and Colin Mackenzie & Co

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York Lo: Tabaqueria Filipina, Hwa Ching Tobacco and Colin Mackenzie & Co Tabaqueria Filipina and Colin Mackenzie & Co are two historic firms in Hong Kong with long histories (founded in 1888 and 1915 respectively) in the tobacco and pharmaceutical business and were both controlled by theZung (Chen) family from Ningbo after the War. The family was also known for […]

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Wah Ying Cheong (華英昌): from Gold Mountain Firm to Real Estate Empire

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York Lo: Wah Ying Cheong (華英昌): from Gold Mountain Firm to Real Estate Empire Incorporated in 1936 but founded earlier in the late 19th century, Wah Ying Cheong is one of the oldest Chinese companies in Hong Kong that had played an important role in the remittance of overseas Chinese as a Gold Mountain guild in its early years and […]

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Ching Hing Construction (正興建築): Beyond the Family Feud 

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York Lo: Ching Hing Construction (正興建築): Beyond the Family Feud Left: Ip Ching-ping as vice chairman of the HK Building Contractors Association; Right: Ching Hing’s adin 1955 (HKBCA yearbook) The decades long high-profile family feuds between the descendants of Ching Hing Construction founder Ip Ching-ping (葉正平, 1903-1983)has overshadowed the success of Ching Hing Construction, which was one of the leading […]

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