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Life in Treaty Port China and Japan

  • Donna Brunero
  • Stephanie Villalta Puig

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Donna Brunero, Stephanie Villalta Puig
    Pages 1-17
  3. Everyday Life

  4. Health and Welfare

  5. Law and Land

  6. Visualising the Port

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Yuanxie Shi, Laurel Kendall
      Pages 217-245
  7. Treaty Port Legacies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-269
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 293-300

About this book


This edited volume moves beyond the traditional examination of the treaty ports of China and Japan as places of cultural interaction. It moves ‘beyond the Bund’, presenting instead the history of material culture, the everyday life of the residents of the treaty ports beyond the symbology of Shanghai's waterfront. Bringing for the first time together scholars of China and Japan, museum curators, legal, economic and architectural historians, it studies the treaty ports not only as sites of cultural exchange, but also as sites of social contestation, accommodation and mobility, covering topics as varied as day to day life itself, such as family, property and law, health and welfare, travel, visual culture and memory. The call of this volume is to peel the multiple layers of the encounter between East and West in the treaty ports of China and Japan.


Treaty Ports of China and Japan Encounters between the East and West in the Treaty Ports Treaty Ports as a Site of Imperialism Material Culture in 19th century Treaty Ports Community, Identity and Culture within the Treaty Port Setting Cultural Exchange, Accommodation and Sites of Conflict

Editors and affiliations

  • Donna Brunero
    • 1
  • Stephanie Villalta Puig
    • 2
  1. 1.National University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.The University of HullKingston upon HullUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Donna Brunero, (PhD, University of Adelaide) is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at the National University of Singapore. Her research focuses on the intersections between maritime history and British imperial history, with particular reference to the Asian port city of the 19th and early 20th centuries. She is the author of Britain’s Imperial Cornerstone in China:The Chinese Maritime Customs Service, 1854-1949 (2006). 

Stephanie Villalta Puig is Honorary Fellow at the University of Hull, United Kingdom. She was Assistant Professor at the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong and held posts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, La Trobe University and the Australian National University, from where she holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in History. Dr Villalta Puig specialises in the study of the British Empire in China, with particular interests in world history, cultural and medical history.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Life in Treaty Port China and Japan
  • Editors Donna Brunero
    Stephanie Villalta Puig
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-7367-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-3944-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-7368-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIII, 300
  • Number of Illustrations 29 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Asian History
    Asian Culture
    Imperialism and Colonialism
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