A boatwoman of the southern Chinese Tanka ethnic minority. Hong Kong’s “protected women” were often of Tanka heritage. Photo: Wellcome Trust A boatwoman of the southern Chinese Tanka ethnic minority. Hong Kong’s “protected women” were often of Tanka heritage. Photo: Wellcome Trust
A boatwoman of the southern Chinese Tanka ethnic minority. Hong Kong’s “protected women” were often of Tanka heritage. Photo: Wellcome Trust

Hong Kong’s ‘protected women’: the forgotten females of city’s patriarchal 19th-century society

  • Supported financially by wealthy Western men in exchange for long-term sexual relationships, the mostly Tanka women played a role in the city’s evolution
  • Ng Akew was the most prominent among them, and what’s left of her former home in Central is threatened by development

Topic |   History of Hong Kong districts
A boatwoman of the southern Chinese Tanka ethnic minority. Hong Kong’s “protected women” were often of Tanka heritage. Photo: Wellcome Trust A boatwoman of the southern Chinese Tanka ethnic minority. Hong Kong’s “protected women” were often of Tanka heritage. Photo: Wellcome Trust
A boatwoman of the southern Chinese Tanka ethnic minority. Hong Kong’s “protected women” were often of Tanka heritage. Photo: Wellcome Trust
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