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Disease, Colonialism, and the StateMalaria in Modern East Asian History$
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Ka-che YIP

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622095878

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622095878.001.0001

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Introduction Combating Malaria in East Asia:

Introduction Combating Malaria in East Asia:

A Historical Perspective

(p.1) 1 Introduction Combating Malaria in East Asia:
Disease, Colonialism, and the State

Ka-che Yip

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter provides an historical study of malaria in modern East Asia. It examines how different countries attempted to combat this mosquito-borne disease in the context of the global history of malaria since the nineteenth century. It notes that malaria has affected human developments since ancient times, and it remains a major health problem in Asia, not to mention Africa, today. It reports that the study of malaria has largely been dominated by scientists as well as medical and public health specialists, while social scientists and historians have only recently been contributing their expertise to examining the cultural, social, economic, and political dimensions of the relationship between human beings and diseases, including malaria. It therefore fills an important gap in understanding the global problem of malaria and its impact on human society in an area where malaria has been, and still remains, a serious public health concern.

Keywords:   diseases, malaria, East Asia, mosquito-borne disease, human society, Africa

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