A Chinese Magistrate’s Solution to Plagues of Locusts – 1699

           Huang Liu-Hung’s work: A Complete Book Concerning Happiness and Benevolence is a fascinating handbook for local magistrates in Ch’ing China. It covers almost every sort of eventuality from how to an official should introduce himself to his new posting to cadastral surveys, choosing horses for the post service and prohibiting the maltreatment of servants.Continue reading “A Chinese Magistrate’s Solution to Plagues of Locusts – 1699”

Mao Tse-tung bids Farewell to the God of Plague

July 1, 1958 When I read in the Renmin Ribao of June 30, 1958 that schistosomiasis had been wiped out in Yukiang County, thoughts thronged my mind and I could not sleep. In the warm morning breeze next day, as sunlight falls on my window, I look towards the distant southern sky and in myContinue reading “Mao Tse-tung bids Farewell to the God of Plague”