The Worlds of Prostitution in the Early Republic

Virgil K.Y. Ho

in Understanding Canton

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780199282715
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603037 | DOI:

Series: Studies on Contemporary China

 The Worlds of Prostitution in the Early Republic

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The working conditions and lives of many prostitutes in Canton were not as horrific as frequently described in official propaganda and writings by concerned intellectuals. The reasons for their entry into this trade, their experiences at work, their fate, and their images in the eyes of the common people were so diverse that they defied any simple generalization. Prostitution also served a meaningful social purpose, generating a significant amount of revenue for the local ‘revolutionary’ government.

Keywords: prostitution; brothel rules; society; regulation

Chapter.  40887 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic History

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