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山寨廠


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Family-run Food Processing

Family-run Food Processing
As land in Hong Kong is extremely expensive, heavy industries simply cannot exist. There is no car plant in Hong Kong ever, for example.

However, during the post-World War II period, Hong Kong became home to tens of thousands of family-run micro-factories known in Cantonese-Chinese as 山寨廠. I cannot properly translate the words -- they sort of mean "off-beat factories" usally operated by just a few workers and in no case over 50, and are often owned by family members or very close buddies.

My parents actually owned and operated a two-person 山寨廠 making knitted gloves when they escaped to Hong Kong from Communist China in the 1960s.

While the micro-factories have become quite rare since the 1990s, I came across this very small, family-run micro-food factory one day in Kowloon City. I think the ladies were making wontons or dumplings of some sort. Soon the fresh delicacy will be delivered to some restaurants or canteens I imagine.

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