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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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Gambling in Canton: Myth and Reality of a Calamity

Gambling in Canton: Myth and Reality of a Calamity

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(p.156) 4 Gambling in Canton: Myth and Reality of a Calamity
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Understanding Canton
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Virgil K.Y. Ho

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199282714.003.0005

Each successive political regime in Canton criticized its predecessor for legalizing gambling, and hence ‘poisoning’ its people with a long list of gaming-related social problems. In official propaganda, gambling became such a highly politicized topic that the real situation was purposely obscured. In fact, the problem of compulsive gambling was not as common as alleged. The popularity of some forms of gambling revealed the commonness of rational betting among ‘gamblers’, and the sincerity of the governments in regulating gambling.

Keywords:   gambling, leisure, prohibition, legalization, lottery, fan tan, corruption, Chen Ch’iung-ming, revenue

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