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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 Worlds of Prostitution in the Early Republic

The Worlds of Prostitution in the Early Republic

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(p.226) 5 The Worlds of Prostitution in the Early Republic
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Understanding Canton
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Virgil K.Y. Ho

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199282714.003.0006

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

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