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New Post on The World of Chinese: “Send Lawyers, Guns, and Money.”

First Opium War

I have a new writing gig, I’ll be contributing on a regular basis to the magazine The World of Chinese starting this month. My new piece is the first of a two-part post on the Opium War entitled “Send Lawyers, Guns, and Money.” Part II is coming next week.

“On a sultry summer evening in 1839, Imperial Commissioner Lin Zexu stood on the shores of the strait known as The Tiger’s Mouth near Guangdong and watched as over 1,300 tons of opium, mixed with lime and salt water, flowed down the beach and into the Pearl River Estuary. As Commissioner Lin watched the toxic sludge flow into the bay, he said a small prayer to the Gods of the Ocean, asking their forgiveness for despoiling the purity of their water with the foreigner’s poison.”

And yes, you might recognize that I nicked that title from somewhere…