It is hoped that the old and natural Hakka method of farming can become a blue-print for a ‘new’ type of agricultural process in New China, whereby the excesses and foolishness of modern ‘petroleum agriculture’ can be transitioned into the use of more natural farming methods that are assisted and optimised by the benefit of modern technology. This is a clever blending of the old and the new in the present time. The old Hakka method of farming might well serve as the natural basis of the future agricultural policy of New China.
These 25 black and white photographs (arranged into 5 categories) depict village life in the Langkou area of Shenzhen, taken over a seven year time period. Shenzhen is situated within South Guangdong province and prior to 1997, existed on the border with the British controlled New Territories and Hong Kong. This general area is renowned for its Hakka populations and this collection of photographs record various aspects of life within a traditional Hakka village.
From a young age many Hakka people join religious groups, be they Buddhist or Christian, etc. This is not because Hakka people are overly religious (as a rule Hakka people are more practical than religious), but rather as an insurance policy for a place to live in the after-life (should such an after-life exist).