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Hygienic Modernity: Meanings of Health and Disease in Treaty-Port China

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Placing meanings of health and disease at the center of modern Chinese consciousness, Ruth Rogaski reveals how hygiene became a crucial element in the formulation of Chinese modernity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Rogaski focuses on multiple manifestations across time of a single Chinese concept, weisheng—which has been rendered into English as "hygiene," "san ...more
Hardcover, 415 pages
Published November 29th 2004 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 2004)
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I was tired of reading dictionary-like Japanese history books and felt lost about what I was doing in academia. I needed some inspiration. I'm glad I grabbed this book in the library -- Rogaski totally pulled me back to the excitement of doing history. It also gave me a luxury time of reading something unrelated to my work, one chapter at a time, like eating a small piece of chocolate between meals, during the bath time, before the bedtime, and between my sources.

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Nicole Barnes
Oct 27, 2008 Nicole Barnes rated it it was amazing
This is one of the hottest books in Chinese history in the last few years, and the rather young (for a professor) Ruth Rogaski won a couple prizes for it. She both deconstructs and constructs the history of a single term, "weisheng" (translatable as 'public health,' 'hygiene, 'guarding life'...etc.) from the perspective of turn-of-the-century Tianjin (at the time one of the treaty ports that had several chunks for foreign residents carved out of it and now a huge industrial city east of ...more
John Harney
Oct 03, 2007 John Harney rated it really liked it
It's a good book for grad students to read, although it is surprisingly readable for real people too. She does over-egg the impact of hygiene in Chinese modernization a little (well it is the main thesis of the book) and she invokes the dreaded Foucault. But all in all, really good.
Albert Wu
Oct 11, 2007 Albert Wu rated it really liked it
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Complex book that traverses a lot of ground, with a lot of great stories of medical practices in Tianjin. Rogaski is able to incorporate complex theoretical analysis with narrative detail to great effect.
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Read this a couple years back. One of the most compelling books on medicinal development in east Asia.
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