Hello! I’m Amelia Allsop, editor of  ‘A Borrowed Place’ and Research Manager at The Hong Kong Heritage Project (HKHP). I’m examining the history of Jewish refugees in Hong Kong, a project I’m undertaking at King’s College London as a doctoral candidate.

I’ll be using this blog to share my research findings, whether discovered in Britain, America or Hong Kong. For further information on the project’s wider research scope and aims, click here.

I’d be delighted to hear from members of the public, researchers or former refugees with any comments, information or suggestions. Click here to get in touch by email or to submit comments via this blog. You can also follow me on Twitter here.

This research project is made possible thanks to the generous additional funding provided by the American Jewish Archives and the Sino-Judaic Institute.

October 2015

3 thoughts on “Researchers

  1. Hi Amelia

    I look forward to reading about the White Russians in HK – will it be available online in the near future?

    Both my (White Russian) parents came from Shanghai to HK in 1937 and stayed there until my father retired in 1974. As a child born in 1947, I have only vague memories of my parents’ Russian friends as most of the families left for the US or Australia at the end of the 1950s/early 60s 😦

    I have a very small Facebook group called “White Russian Emigres from China”, which you are most welcome to join 🙂

    There are a few members who also are children of Russian emigres from Shanghai and/or Hong Kong so could prove helpful to your research.

    Kindest regards



    1. Hi Nona,
      Thank you for getting in touch and for sending across the link to the Facebook group that I have now joined! If you don’t mind, I would like to post on the FB group to ask individuals to get in touch with memories / family histories of Hong Kong 1930s – 1950s.
      All the best,


  2. Of course – please ask away! I hope you get lots of information from them to help with your research 🙂

    I put an album up in the photos called Russians in HK so that might also help you to see the faces of some of the Russian families I remember.

    I was born Pio-Ulski but 4 months later my father changed his name to Parks. It never bothered me but my sister, who was 8 years old at the time of the name change, always hated having an Anglicised surname.

    Please feel free if there’s anything I can help you with although, as I said earlier, my memories of those days are pretty hazy 😦



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