Empire, Pests and Environmental Health: a Study of "Nanjing Insects" in Colonial Taiwan

Project Details


At present, there are a few people listening to “Nanjing Mushi”, a crawling worm. Since the end of the Meiji Restoration in the late 19th century, Japan has been under trade trade with the port of China. The Japanese interpretation of the direction of Japan, the impression and bias of a small insect-like engraved plate, and the appearance of "Nanjing bean", "Nanjing chicken", and the like of Japanese society. The research explores four items : (1) bedbug; (2) Nanjing insects, social problems and public health; (3) pharmaceuticals, commerce and empire: obeying insects; (4) Nanjing insects and war.
Effective start/end date1/08/2031/12/21

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


  • Empire
  • Colonial Taiwan
  • Bedbug
  • Environmental History
  • Public Health
  • Global History


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