Back to his roots: Chinese-Jamaican Leo Lee

Jamaican-born reggae producer Leo Lee remembers the bucolic Shenzhen countryside as he traces his Hakka heritage, writes Thomas Bird.

Guanlan, a town in Shenzhen’s Guangming New District, has doubtlessly profited from China’s industrial revolution, at least in material terms. Its rice farmers turned factory landlords – Hakka mainly – now drive Japanese cars, yap into Korean smartphones and spend their leisure time frequenting the karaoke houses and massage parlours that are Guanlan’s principle distractions – the town is actually closer to the infamously disreputable city of Dongguan than it is to downtown Shenzhen.

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