It’s almost full moon on this 12th day of the 7th month in the lunar calendar. The moon reflected in the Han Jiang river 韩江 near Songkou 松口 jetty where, like my paternal great-grandfather, many Hakkas left this mountainous and impoverished part of eastern Guangdong province to set sail for Nanyang 南洋 at the turn of the last century. They sailed on boats to Shantou 汕头 and then into the South China Sea for Malaya or Indonesia.
My grandfather – in 1948 – came back through this town, having been deported by the British from Malaya. Less than a year later became imprisoned as a Communist cadre in this town by the Kuomintang, and later taken away and executed. #songkou #meixian #松口 #梅县 #roots #下南洋 #family #history #migration #sonyA7 #leicasummicron @viiphoto

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