Health Policy and Disease in Colonial and Post-Colonial Hong Kong, 1841-2003: 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Health Policy and Disease in Colonial and Post-Colonial Hong Kong, 1841-2003

1st Edition

By Ka-che Yip, Yuen Sang Leung, Man Kong Timothy Wong


144 pages

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Besides looking at major outbreaks of diseases and how they were coped with, diseases such as malaria, smallpox, tuberculosis, plague, venereal disease, avian flu and SARS, this book also examines how the successive government regimes in Hong Kong took action to prevent diseases and control potential threats to health. It shows how policies impacted the various Chinese and non-Chinese groups, and how policies were often formulated as a result of negotiations between these different groups. By considering developments over a long historical period, the book contrasts the different approaches in the periods of colonial rule, Japanese occupation, post-war reconstruction, transition to decolonization, and Hong Kong as Special Administrative Region within the People’s Republic of China.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Disease-control Policies, 1841-1894: Colonial Priorities and Local Realities 3. Disease, Scientific Medicine, and Public Health: from the Plague Epidemic to the Early Twentieth Century 4. Disease, Industrialization and Wartime Destruction, 1920s-1945 5. Health, Disease Control and Post-war Construction, 1945-1960s 6. Epidemiological Transition and Disease Prevention, 1960s-1980s 7. Disease, Socio-economic Transformation, and Transition to Decolonization, 1980s-1997 8. Combating Global Epidemics in the Post-colonial State, 1997-2003 9. Conclusion

About the Authors

Ka-che Yip is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA.

Yuen-sang Leung is Professor of History, Dean of Arts, and Director of the Institute of Chinese Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, China.

Man-kong Wong is Director of the China Studies Programme and Associate Professor of History at Hong Kong Baptist University, China.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Asia has undergone immense and far reaching changes: war, revolution, occupation, industrialization. This series includes in-depth research on aspects of economic, political and social history of individual countries as well as more broad-reaching analyses of regional issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General