Japanese, International Migrants, and Cholera in the Yokohama Treaty Port, 1859–1899

  • Chester J. Proshan
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Abstract

The chapter is a case study on epidemic disease, everyday life, and Western Empire in nineteenth century Asia. The impact of cholera on the everyday in the Yokohama Treaty Port is examined. Four epidemics are addressed: 1862, 1877, 1879, and 1886. As major threats to public health, the four cholera outbreaks exacerbated and contested the already problematised nexus of daily life in the quasi-colonial setting. Conflicted relations between Japanese and the encroaching treaty powers and competition among the powers themselves presented the context in which the local population engaged cholera. The disease was met within a framework of pronounced particularistic divisions—economic, political, and racial. Cholera, at one and the same time, reinforced community norms and generated striking changes in thinking and behaviour.

Abbreviations

DCK

Department of State, Despatches from US Consuls in Kanagawa, 1861–1897, File Microcopies No. 135.

DMJ

Department of State, Despatches from US Ministers to Japan, 6 January 1886–9 July 1886, File Microcopies No. 133.

JWM

Japan Weekly Mail.

NCH

North-China Herald and Supreme Court and Consular Gazette.

RLJ

Department of State, Records of the United States Legation in Japan, 1855–1912, Notes from the Japanese Foreign Office, 1 July–31 December 1862, Microcopy No. T-400.

YDN

『横浜毎日新聞』Yokohama Daily News.

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  • Chester J. Proshan
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyToyo UniversityTokyoJapan

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