Philip Thai, Associate Professor of History at Northeastern University and a historian of Modern China, spoke with the Fairbank Center’s Harvard on China podcast about smuggling in China.

Professor Thai is the author of China’s War on Smuggling: Law, Economic Life, and the Making of the Modern State, 1842–1965 (Columbia University Press and a Study of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, 2018). The book examines the impact of smuggling and illicit trade in China from the late Qing dynasty to the People’s Republic.

Read a full transcriptopens PDF file of the podcast interview.

The Harvard on China Podcast is hosted by James Gethyn Evans at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.


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