Snail Fever, Shit Water, and Hungry Ghosts : The Yangtze-Huai Flood’s Unique Disaster Regime
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In order to make the complex and interacting dynamics of the disaster regime as clear as possible, this work will be organized thematically, not chronologically. The entire regime revolves around the 1931 Yangtze-Huai flood, and so a chronological paper would be too chaotic to follow. Instead, the themes will be arranged roughly as follows: the flood as most know it, historical context, climate context, and vulnerabilities. After that, we will focus on the flood experience, the consequences and intensification of the previously mentioned vulnerabilities, and brand-new problems caused by the floods. This will lead to a discussion of aid as a part of broader systems and the long-term impacts of the Yangtze-Huai flood regime. Despite these categories, some pieces of the disaster regime will overlap, and there might be some that do not fit neatly into any category. Disasters care very little for our archival categories, and so these sections are for convenience, not for any deeper reason. The paper as a whole is, quite simply, an overview in most places, and will not cover all of the disaster regime in depth. However, it can serve both as an introduction to the 1931 flood disaster regime, as well as shedding new light on the implications of the American grain sale to the Nationalist government.