Where We are in Place and Time

Weekly Reflection XI

Migrant workers who are poor, work in factories in China and are risking injuries to make goods or the putting together parts of the beginning of a good. These people do the same thing over and over again 12 hours every day. They are treated really badly. Factory companies don’t need people who have a good education. The amount of money everybody has in China is not balanced, some people are very poor and very rich. This also relates to in-equality because if parents were registered as farmers, their children would be registered as farmers as well. It would be very hard to change your residency, people with the residency would not have the same rights as to people from the city.

History Museum Reflection

Last week, I went to the history museum. I learned about the Opium Wars. There were 2 Opium wars in Hong Kong. Opium is a drug that people can become addicted to. The Chinese tea was popular in Britain but not in China. So Britain wanted take over China. In order to take over China they kept sending Opium to China. A lot of people died once they became addicted to it.

The Emperor Daoguang  was very upset about the situation so he ordered Lin Zexu to stop the problem. Lin Zexu ordered for all the Opium that had been shipped to be dumped in the sea.

The British got furious and stopped all trade with China and headed for Macau. The British blew up 4 Chinese boats. They were in war for 2 years 1840-1842, Britain won. Britain and China both signed the Treaty of Nanking. Under the Treaty China had to pay Britain 21 million ounces of silver for destroying the Opium and opened 5 Chinese ports in order to trade British currency.

 

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