The Origins of the Opium Trade and the Opium Regie in Colonial Indochina

  • Hakiem Nankoe
  • Jean-Claude Gerlus
  • Martin J. Murray
Part of the Studies in the Economies of East and South-East Asia book series (SEESEA)

Abstract

When the French administration was installed in Cochin China, it discovered that the Chinese settled in the midst of the Annamese population were a priceless help in carrying out its colonialisation.... In order to get in touch with them [the Vietnamese] to change their habits and ill-will, to educate them in the field of commerce and to make them take out of their earthen jars the piasters needed to sustain our administrative machine, we needed an intermediary living side-by-side with them, speaking their language and marrying women of their race. That intermediary was the Chinese. The Chinese is flexible, skilful, without prejudice, and loves gain. (Dubreuil, 1910, p. 71, our emphasis)

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© John G. Butcher and H. W. Dick 1993

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  • Hakiem Nankoe
  • Jean-Claude Gerlus
  • Martin J. Murray

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