• Donna Brunero
  • Stephanie Villalta Puig


This introductory chapter opens with a question: what was everyday life like for foreigners in the treaty ports of China and Japan? We argue that the residents of the treaty ports—local and foreign, in the trading concessions of China and Japan—experienced vastly different realities in similar material conditions. The careful study of everyday life is often overshadowed by the special status given to treaty ports as sites of power and contestation and symbols of modernity in scholarship and as the subject of nostalgia in popular culture. This chapter critiques treaty port histories and examines scholarship on material culture and the treaty ports. It also overviews the main themes and ideas addressed by our contributors, including everyday life, health and welfare, law and land, visualising the port and treaty port legacies.


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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