Lace tablecloths on display at the 1978 Chinese Export Commodities Exhibition in Hong Kong. Picture: SCMP
Jason Wordie
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How American missionaries gave southern China its Swatow lace industry

Missionaries introduced embroidery to the Chiu Chow, helping a poverty-stricken region and endowing the diaspora with a distinct profession

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Lace tablecloths on display at the 1978 Chinese Export Commodities Exhibition in Hong Kong. Picture: SCMP
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