• Short Summary

    LAN NAI WAN IS ON THE SAI KUNG PENINSULA IN A REMOTE PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES OF HONG KONG.

  • Description

    LAN NAI WAN IS ON THE SAI KUNG PENINSULA IN A REMOTE PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES OF HONG KONG. ITS ISOLATION PRESENTS PROBLEMS FOR HONG KONG'S MEDICAL SERVICES -- PROBLEMS OVERCOME BY THE HELICOPTER 'FLYING DOCTOR' SERVICE , WHICH BRINGS MUCH NEEDED AID TO THE INHABITANTS.

    THE DOCTOR AND HIS STAFF ARRIVE ON THE WINGS OF THE ROYAL HONGKONG AUXILIARY AIRFORCE -- A TEAM COMPOSED OF THE EUROPEAN DISTRICT OFFICER, A CHINESE DOCTOR, A DENTIST, AND TWO NURSES. THEY BRING THEIR EQUIPMENT IN STRONG METAL BOXES, AND SET UP THEIR VARIOUS SURGERIES AMONG THE TABLES AND SEATS ORGANISED BY THE VILLAGERS.

    THERE IS AN ALMOST TOTALLY FEMALE POPULATION IN MANY OF THESE PENINSULA VILLAGES. THE INHABITANTS ARE ALMOST ALL OLD WOMEN, WIVES OF THE HAKKA VILLAGE MEN -- MOST OF WHOM LEAVE FOR THE UNITED KINGDOM AFTER MARRIAGE TO WORK IN VARIOUS CHINESE ESTABLISHMENTS, NOTABLY CHINESE RESTAURANTS. THESE SELF-IMPOSE EXILES SEND MONEY HOME FOR THE SUPPORT OF THEIR WIVES AND CHILDREN, ONLY RETURNING TO THEIR NATIVE VILLAGE WHEN THEY HAVE FINISHED THEIR WORKING LIVES.

    ALTHOUGH HONG KONG ISLAND IS ONLY EIGHT MILES TO THE SOUTH WEST AS THE HELICOPTER FLIES, THERE IS GREAT ILLITERACY AMONG THE HAKKA VILLAGERS, AND A SUPERSTITIOUS DISTRUST OF THE RITUAL OF MEDICINE. HOWEVER, ANY OPERATION IS NATURALLY OPTIONAL, AND THE DENTIST'S NEEDLE HAS LOST ITS TERRORS FOR THE HAKKA WOMEN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEDFD90TIQNI8HHPJOZHCMGSK4
    Media URN:
    VLVAEDFD90TIQNI8HHPJOZHCMGSK4
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/10/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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