Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Chinese farmers in Sarawak are likely to be of Hakka or Foochow descent.  These hardy, frugal people migrated into Sarawak in the early 1900s at the invitation of the Rajah who wanted to build up a solid farming middle class.  Many came, most stayed: one-third of the stat's population is now Chinese.

Unlike local dwellings, the Chinese farm house is built at ground level.  The floor is made of trodden earth, the walls of whitewashed sawn timber.  The roof is thatched with leaf attar.  The house is divided in two main parts the family room which contains the kitchen, eating and living area and is also used to store valuables like bicycle or agricultural machinery and the bedroom.

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