This study investigates how English advertisements for Western pharmaceutical products were appropriated to meet the expectations of local consumers in The Chinese Mail, one of the major Chinese newspapers in Hong Kong, between 1895 and 1910. The Chinese advertisements for these foreign medical products are compared to their English counterparts, and the adaptation of brand names and advertising content to the discourse of Traditional Chinese Medicine is analysed. This study reveals that the Western pharmaceutical products marketed in Hong Kong were closely related to the bubonic plague of 1894 and the prostitution industry and that the juxtaposition of Western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine discourses in Chinese advertising highlights the discrepancy between these two medical discourses.
|Journal||Perspectives: Studies in Translation Theory and Practice|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 2 Mar 2021|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The work was fully supported by a grant from the Research Grant Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China: [Project No. CityU 21601417].
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- The Chinese Mail
- Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
- Western pharmaceutical products