Intoxicating Manchuria: Alcohol, Opium and Culture in China's Northeast (Contemporary Chinese Studies)

Intoxicating Manchuria: Alcohol, Opium and Culture in China's Northeast (Contemporary Chinese Studies)

By: Norman Smith (author)Hardback

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Intoxicating Manchuria reveals how the powerful alcohol and opium industries in Northeast China were altered by warlord rule, Japanese occupation, political conflict, and a vigorous anti-intoxicant movement. Through the lens of the Chinese media's depictions of alcohol and opium, Norman Smith examines how intoxicants and addiction were understood in this society, the role the Japanese occupation of Manchuria played in the portrayal of intoxicants, and the efforts made to reduce opium and alcohol consumption. This is the first English-language book-length study to focus on alcohol use in modern China and the first dealing with intoxicant restrictions in the region.

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Norman Smith is an associate professor in the History Department of the University of Guelph. He is the author of Resisting Manchukuo: Chinese Women Writers and the Japanese Occupation and co-editor of Beyond Suffering: Recounting War in Modern China.


Introduction 1 Alcohol and Opium in China 2 Manchurian Context 3 Evaluating Alcohol 4 Selling Alcohol, Selling Modernity 5 Writing Intoxicant Consumption 6 The Hostess Scare 7 Reasoning Addiction, Taking the Cures 8 The Opium Monopoly's "Interesting Discussion" Conclusion Glossary Notes Bibliography Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 15/09/2012
  • ISBN13: 9780774824286
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9780774824286
  • weight: 590
  • ISBN10: 077482428X

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