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The Villagers

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Xiangye was the biggest village in the whole area where Jianhe and Rongjiang counties shared common borders. The inhabitants lived in three separate communities: Dazhai (Big Village, with more than 100 households), Xiaozhai (Small Village, with 30-plus households) and the Dazhai satellite village Wengbei about three kilometres away (with nearly 10 households). The people of Dazhai were predominantly those with the surnames Ou, Yang, Luo and Zhang, among which Ou and Yang were the most common. The Wengbei villagers were from the Ou clan. The people of Xiangye spoke Kam among themselves. Most of the young men were able to use Chinese to communicate. Xiaozhai was also home to two or three families of Han people who migrated into the village, with the surnames Peng and Deng. They were all farmers from the mountain villages northeast of Xiangye.

Keywords: Dazhai; Deng; Han people; mountain villages; Peng; Rongjiang counties; Xiangye; Xiaozhai

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