Intoxicating Manchuria

Alcohol, Opium, and Culture in China's Northeast

Norman Smith

  • Published: 2012. Paperback 2013
  • Subject Listing: History
  • Bibliographic information: 272 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

In Intoxicating Manchuria, Norman Smith reveals how huge intoxicant industries were altered by warlord rule, Japanese occupation, and war. Powering the spread of alcohol and opium - initially heralded as markers of class or modernity and whose use was well documented - these industries flourished throughout the early twentieth century even as a vigorous anti-intoxicant movement raged.
Norman Smith is an associate professor in theHistory Department of the University of Guelph. He is the author ofResisting Manchukuo: Chinese Women Writers and the JapaneseOccupation and co-editor of Beyond Suffering: Recounting Warin Modern China.

"Intoxicating Manchuria is engaging, well written, and artfully argued. Norman Smith's analysis of the role that alcohol played in Manchurian society is both intellectually stimulating and part of a fascinating narrative. It is social history at its best: explaining the ways that people lived their lives in the context of changing political regimes. I know no other book that does this for the region under study, or indeed for any region."
-James Carter, Chief Editor, Twentieth-Century China

"This is an extremely important book. Norman Smith makes major contributions both to the larger literature on global narcotics use, as well as to the study of the Manchukuo period of Asian history. He also brings to light valuable insights into the nagging question about Japan's anti-opium policy: Why did Japanese officials in Manchukuo seem to promote opium, while simultaneously trying to curb its use?"
-Kathryn Meyer, author of Webs of Smoke: Warlords, Gangsters, Spies and the History of the International Drug Trade


1 Alcohol and Opium in China

2 Manchurian Context

3 Evaluating Alcohol

4 Selling Alcohol, Selling Modernity

5 Writing Intoxicant Consumption

6 The Hostess Scare

7 Reasoning Addiction, Taking the Cures

8 The Opium Monopoly's "Interesting