In 1900s, all the men who left Quaang Tung to Borneo dressed like this. Frog buttons and fishermen's pants. Over time, some of them changed to wearing western clothes. My grandfather aka Ah Kung continued to wear it until he died in 1976.
I was young, I was rather embarrassed he adhered to his Chinese
culture. He was like a countrybumpkin wearing slippers/jandals.
Bruce Lee became famous, young Sibu boys mistook my Ah Kung to be a
Kung Fu Master and nagged at him to teach them Kung Fu. He was tired of
them following him, one day, he opened his bamboo umbrella and they all
ran away. They thought it was his Kung Fu move.
I grew older, I am proud of my Chinese roots, and equally proud of my
Ah Kung. I wrote about him in my books From China to Borneo to Beyond.
In my World war II book, I fictionalised him as a hero.
In the photo, the elderly gentleman wore a fedora. I went at lengths to describe another character who wore a fedora.