Intoxicating Manchuria

Intoxicating Manchuria : Alcohol, Opium, and Culture in China's Northeast

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Intoxicating Manchuria is written for students and scholars of Chinese, Japanese, and Manchurian cultural history. Its engaging, readable style will appeal to anyone interested in colonial studies, addiction, and twentieth-century China.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25.4mm | 580g
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • English
  • 41 b&w illustrations
  • 077482428X
  • 9780774824286
  • 1,968,665

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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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Table of contents


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"





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"This is an extremely important book. Norman Smith makes major contributions both to the larger literature on global narcotics use, as well as to the study of the Manchukuo period of Asian history. He also brings to light valuable insights into the nagging question about Japan's anti-opium policy: Why did Japanese officials in Manchukuo seem to promote opium, while simultaneously trying to curb its use?" - Kathryn Meyer, author of Webs of Smoke: Warlords, Gangsters, Spies and the History of the International Drug Trade ""Intoxicating Manchuria" is engaging, well written, and artfully argued. Norman Smith's analysis of the role that alcohol played in Manchurian society is both intellectually stimulating and part of a fascinating narrative. It is social history at its best: explaining the ways that people lived their lives in the context of changing political regimes. I know no other book that does this for the region under study, or indeed for any region."
- James Carter, Chief Editor, Twentieth-Century China
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About Norman Smith

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.
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