A woman wears a flat, fringed Hakka farmer’s hat. Practicality trumped fashion when it came to choosing hats in Hong Kong,  until the advent of the baseball cap, adopted to mimic Japanese who wore them to appear American. Photo: Getty Images
A woman wears a flat, fringed Hakka farmer’s hat. Practicality trumped fashion when it came to choosing hats in Hong Kong, until the advent of the baseball cap, adopted to mimic Japanese who wore them to appear American. Photo: Getty Images
Jason Wordie
Opinion

Opinion

Then & Now by Jason Wordie

Baseball caps became standard wear in post-war Hong Kong, but it wasn’t the Americans’ doing

  • Hats in Hong Kong were historically chosen for practical reasons, but fashion took over when the baseball cap was adopted to mimic the post-war Japanese
  • Sedan chair bearers wore a woven bamboo hat of a particular pattern to indicate the dialect they spoke; Hakka women’s fringed hats proved a hit with Nepalis

A woman wears a flat, fringed Hakka farmer’s hat. Practicality trumped fashion when it came to choosing hats in Hong Kong,  until the advent of the baseball cap, adopted to mimic Japanese who wore them to appear American. Photo: Getty Images
A woman wears a flat, fringed Hakka farmer’s hat. Practicality trumped fashion when it came to choosing hats in Hong Kong, until the advent of the baseball cap, adopted to mimic Japanese who wore them to appear American. Photo: Getty Images
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