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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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Colonialism, Disease, and Public Health:

Colonialism, Disease, and Public Health:

Malaria in the History of Hong Kong

(p.10) (p.11) 2 Colonialism, Disease, and Public Health:
Disease, Colonialism, and the State

Ka-che Yip

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter provides a better understanding of the colonial administration's policies towards diseases in general, the nature and significance of malaria control specifically, and the complexity of bio-political governance and colonial rule in Hong Kong through an examination of the ways in which the colonial government in Hong Kong responded to the threat of malaria and the factors that shaped such responses. It notes that some scholars have argued that medicine and public health had been used consciously by imperial powers for political expansion, economic gains, or social control. It adds that others have maintained that the behavior of the colonial government could be understood as but “natural manifestations of political rule”. It observes that both interpretations, however, tend to understate the complexity of colonial rule and the importance of local factors in the development of colonial policies.

Keywords:   colonial administration, malaria control, bio-political governance, Hong Kong, colonial rule

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