Amoy (Xiamen), Fukien province, China: two field labourers. Photograph by John Thomson, 1871.
- Thomson, J. (John), 1837-1921.
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Two men, both wearing hats, one of them holding panniers of straw on a yoke, the other a basket. The doorway of a large building in the background
The men are two field labourers who pose for the camera, one carrying straw on his shoulder, the other with a food pot. According to John Thomson, the people in the Amoy area were quite poor: an able-bodied man earned five pence a day, while skilled workmen were only paid about eight pence. The hard life forced many to seek work abroad, for Chinese labourers were highly rated in America and Southeast Asian countries
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