The China Campaign Committee and the Boycott of Japanese Products in Britain, 1938–45
Drawing on a wide range of archival material from the Women’s Library, London School of Economics, the National Archives, London and the Modern Records Centre, Warwick University, this paper examines the response of the specially-created China Campaign Committee in Britain to raise awareness of the atrocities committed in China, and how this led to a deeper relationship between the two nations. It will show how the committee embarked on a significant campaign to boycott Japanese products, and the methods by which they targeted consumers, especially children, in their quest to punish the Japanese through refusing to consume its products. It will explore in detail how women formed the core of its membership and its activity, and assess the extent to which this group were successful in helping both the Chinese war effort and informing the British consumer about the inextricable link between consumption and funding Japanese war activity in China.
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