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The Limits of Hatred: Popular Attitudes Towards the West in Republican Canton

Virgil K.Y. Ho

in Understanding Canton

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780199282715
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603037 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199282714.003.0003

Series: Studies on Contemporary China

 The Limits of Hatred: Popular Attitudes Towards the West in Republican Canton

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The Cantonese displayed acceptance of Westerners and their cultures in the late imperial and Republican period, in spite of their reputation for being xenophobic and anti-foreign since the days of the Opium War. Many people in Canton adopted an unmistakably pro-West attitude, from popular favourable perceptions of such foreign ‘imperialist enclaves’ as Hong Kong and Shameen to the advocacy for total Westernization by senior academics from a Canton university. Despite its much propagated anti-imperialist stance, the local nationalist government was, in reality, highly conciliatory when dealing with foreign powers.

Keywords: anti-foreignism; Hong Kong; Shameen; advertisement; architecture; modern fashion; popular entertainment; students; Westernization; Canton-Hong Kong Strike and Boycott

Chapter.  22985 words. 

Subjects: Economic History

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