Understanding Canton by Virgil Ho
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Understanding Canton
By Virgil Ho

Understanding Canton

Rethinking Popular Culture in the Republican Period

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Understanding Canton by Virgil Ho

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By studying six different aspects of culture in Canton in the period between the two World Wars, this book helps broaden our limited knowledge of the social and cultural lives of the common people in this largest city of South China. The author examines how the Cantonese in this period indulged in their imagined cultural superiority as "modern" citizens, ushering in a cult of the modern city. During this period, Cantonese opera was also emerging and evolving into a widely accepted form of commercialised mass entertainment. The process of social and cultural change and its impact on the development of this city and its people are revealed throughout the book. This book also aims to redress some major misconceptions of the socio-cultural realities as seen in official rhetoric or academic discourse on the matters of patriotism and anti-foreignism, gambling, prostitution, and opium consumption. Contemporary non-official and folk materials reveal that the common people were much more pro-Western than xenophobic in attitude, and the alleged social and political "calamities" of gambling, opium consumption and prostitution were more rhetorical than real. Understanding Canton provides us with, not only a fuller and more comprehensive picture of city life and popular mentalities, but also an important clue to understand how and why the social history of this city was distorted and constructed in ways that suited the political ideology and nation-building agenda of the ruling regimes.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199282715
ISBN-10: 0199282714
Format: Hardback
(242mm x 163mm x 35mm)
Pages: 528
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 22-Dec-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Virgil Ho

Dr. Ho was a Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology, University of Gothenburg, in Sweden, before joining the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology where he now teaches modern Chinese history.

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