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Understanding CantonRethinking Popular Culture in the Republican Period$
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Virgil Ho

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199282715

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199282714.001.0001

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

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

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(p.49) 2 The Limits of Hatred: Popular Attitudes Towards the West in Republican Canton
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Understanding Canton
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Virgil K.Y. Ho

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199282714.003.0003

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

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