Life and Death in the Garden : Sex, Drugs, Cops, and Robbers in Wartime China, Hardback Book

Life and Death in the Garden : Sex, Drugs, Cops, and Robbers in Wartime China Hardback

Part of the State & Society in East Asia series


This compelling book provides a rare glimpse into the heart of wartime China.

Kathryn Meyer draws us into the perilous world of the Garden of Grand Vision, a ramshackle structure where a floating population of thousands found shelter-and despair.

We follow the three Japanese police officers who were dispatched into the underworld of occupied China to investigate crime and vice in the Harbin slums while their military leaders dragged Japan deeper into the Pacific War.

While following these policemen, the reader discovers a remarkable and unexpected view of World War II in East Asia that brings to life the margins of a violent and entrepreneurial society, the struggles of an occupying police force to maintain order, and the underbelly of Japanese espionage.

Drawing on the author's years of rediscovering the historical trail in Manchuria and research based on top-secret Japanese military documents and Chinese memoirs, this book offers a unique and powerful social and cultural history of a forgotten world.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 306 pages, 2 Tables, unspecified; 34 Halftones, black and white; 11 Illustrations, black and white
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
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  • Category: Asian history
  • ISBN: 9781442223523

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