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People and bubonic plague have a long and tragic history. When health officials in San Francisco thought they discovered plague in their city’s Chinatown in 1900, they responded with intrusive, controlling, and arbitrary measures that touched off a sociocultural clash still relevant today. Guenter B. Risse’s history of this epidemic features the tale of desperately ill Wong Chut King, believed to be the initial person infected, and is the first to incorporate the voices of those living in Chinatown at the time. Lasting until 1904, the plague in San Francisco's Chinatown reignited racial prejudices, re-sparked efforts to remove the Chinese from their district, and created new tensions among local, state, and federal public health officials quarreling over the presence of the deadly disease. Risse's rich, nuanced narrative of the event draws from a variety of sources, including Chinese-language news reports and other accounts. He addresses the ecology of Chinatown, the approaches taken by Chinese and Western medical practitioners, and the effects of quarantine plans on Chinatown and its residents. Risse explains how the presence of plague threatened California’s agricultural economy and San Francisco’s leading commercial role with Asia, discusses why it brought on a wave of fear mongering that drove perceptions and intervention efforts, and describes how Chinese residents organized and successfully opposed government quarantines and evacuation plans in federal court. In probing public health interventions in the context of one of the most visible ethnic communities in United States history, Plague, Fear, and Politics in San Francisco’s Chinatown offers insight into the clash of Eastern and Western cultures in a time of medical emergency.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. Part I / Before Plague
  2. p. 17
  1. 1. The People of Tang in San Francisco
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  1. 2. Guarding Life and the Way of Death
  2. pp. 40-61
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  1. 3. Sanitation, Microbes, and Plague
  2. pp. 62-85
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  1. 4. Officials, Mandarins, and the Press
  2. pp. 86-110
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  1. Part II. Plague
  2. p. 111
  1. 5. Early Scenes of Terror
  2. pp. 113-139
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  1. 6. The Siege Continues
  2. pp. 140-166
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  1. 7. Plague Goes Underground
  2. pp. 167-191
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  1. 8. Rumors and Realities
  2. pp. 192-217
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  1. 9. National Threat
  2. pp. 218-243
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  1. 10. Sanitarians Claim Victory
  2. pp. 244-270
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 271-275
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  1. Appendix: San Francisco Plague Cases
  2. pp. 277-298
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  1. Notes
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421405537
Related ISBN
9781421405100
MARC Record
OCLC
867788572
Pages
352
Launched on MUSE
2012-06-26
Language
English
Open Access
No
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