About the Author

Rui Li (Raymond, he/his/him) is a Master’s student in History at the University of Guelph, who focuses on Modern East Asian Women’s History, and the Modern History of Northeast Asia. Rui received his first Master’s degree in History from the University of Macau, during which his research focused on the History of Sino-Western Exchanges in the early modern period. His current email address is rli16@uoguelph.ca. His ORCID is 0000-0002-4393-4431.

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The 1920s and 1930s were the peaks of the abolition of the prostitution movement in Guangzhou during the Chinese Republican era. This paper will analyze articles from different sources of mass media and administrative reports of municipal government to restore public opinion and even specific measures to abolish prostitution in Guangzhou at that time. At the same time, the public opinion generated by different intellectuals and the actions taken by the Guangzhou city government to abolish prostitution is used to discuss the certainty of the existence of prostitution and the difficulties that would be encountered in abolishing it. In turn, this paper will sort out the impact of the entry of Western feminism on intellectuals and even on governmental governance measures. Although the abolition of the prostitution movement led by the Guangzhou city government during this period was not successful for various reasons, it did accumulate experience for the further abolition of prostitution in the future.



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