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Wuhan’S Refugee Crisis

STEPHEN R. MacKINNON

in Wuhan, 1938

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780520254459
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520934603 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520254459.003.0005
Wuhan’S Refugee Crisis

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This chapter addresses the central theme, the human story behind the military history: how the refugee population of Wuhan, in coping with the traumas of war, forced positive social changes and actions by the state. The Anti-Japanese War did not produce a Chinese Tolstoy. Instead, the poets, woodblock carvers, and foreign observers best captured the horror and desperation of the refugee experience. The impact of the war on refugees was not just economic and social; it was also profoundly psychological. Old ties of family and geography were torn asunder. Marriages dissolved, prostitution increased, and uncertainty spawned desperate romance.

Keywords: refugee population; Wuhan; war traumas; social changes; Anti-Japanese War

Chapter.  7015 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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