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The Anxi Tea Merchants In Singapore

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Most of the Singapore tea trade with China was conducted by Western agency houses until the mid-nineteenth century. While it is believed that Anxi merchants had always dominated the Chinese tea trade in Singapore, the reality is that this is a fairly recent phenomenon. Tea firms opened by Anxi merchants mushroomed in Singapore in the 1920s. The 1920s was a golden age for the Anxi firms as Fujian tea began to become renowned throughout British Malaya. Lim Keng Lian was despatched to open a branch in Kuala Lumpur in 1926. In 1927, Lim Keng Lian formally registered the Singapore branch of his family business. The tea merchants did not restrict themselves with the Fujian-Singapore trade. They played an important role in the founding of the Singapore Ann Kway Association (SAKA) to meet the needs of migrants from Anxi County.

Keywords: Anxi tea merchants in Singapore; Fujian tea; Lim Keng Lian; Singapore Ann Kway association (SAKA)

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