Joho Lowah

For the pirate clan known as the Joho-Lowah, piracy is
more than just an occupation—it’s a multi-generational family
trade. The Joho-Lowah are brazen, striking targets all around
the port of Hong Kong before retreating to their hideouts in the
rocky coves of Sai Kung. The Marine Authority certainly has an
edge on the Joho-Lowah when it comes to technology, but the
waters in this area have been this clan’s home for decades and
they know them better than anyone. They also maintain close
relationships with the fishing villages along the coastline of Sai
Kung, which not only makes it easy for them to rapidly unload
stolen goods but also provides them with safe havens from the
Marine Authority.

The Joho-Lowah pirates were founded by Filipino refugees,
specifically centered around two extended family clans, the Joho
and the Lowah. Though they are still largely Filipino, intermarriage
is common with the Hakah Chinese fishing communities,
slowly turning them into a mixed people unique to this region.

As large and effective as they are, the Joho-Lowah do not really
have an established leadership. They see themselves as family
units and as a united people. Pirate vessels will act independently
or in small groups, but they will support other ships within the
family clan. Status among the Joho-Lowah is actually often determined
not through hoarding wealth taken from trade vessels but
by how much an individual or family has donated or shared with
the others in the clan.

Joho Lowah

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