- 南方史研究 (ISSN:2185050X)
- vol.1959, no.1, pp.99-105,A14, 1959-06-30 (Released:2010-10-22)
Most of the studies that have been published on the Chinese immigrants in some districts of South-east Asia have met with difficulties on account of the scarcity of historical records dealing with the subject. The immigrants, who went abroad privately and sometimes in defiance of the law which prohibited emigration, hardly deserved the attention of the official chroniclers of the Chinese court. Therefore, we must refer to itineraries written by European travellers as well as the colonial archives and records of Portugal, Spain, Holland, Indonesia, England, France. and America. However, it goes without saying that the records written by the immigrants themselves have the greatest importance.The author investigated the historical sources kept by the Chinese guilds in Hanoi when he visited Indochina in 1936, considering their significance as basic material. As in other regions of Southeast Asia, the two major groups of the immigrants are those from Canton and Fukien. They built their guild hall in the Rue des Voiles and the Rue de Phúc-kiên, respectively, in the north-eastern part of Hanoi. The author describes the appearance of the building and stone monuments, the texts of the latter are shown in the front pages of this bulletin. He further provides some interesting data about the lists of contributions done by the members of the guilds which indicate their native places, and he finishes his thesis after some remarks on other Chinese inhabitants in Huñg-yên and Haiphong.