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Cigarettes, Inc.An Intimate History of Corporate Imperialism$
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Nan Enstad

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226533285

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226533452.001.0001

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Called to Account

Called to Account

(p.260) Conclusion Called to Account
Cigarettes, Inc.

Nan Enstad

University of Chicago Press

In 2000, renowned Chinese artist Xu Bing installed an exhibit at the homestead of the Duke family, now a historic site and museum, marking the extension of Duke’s cigarette empire into China. Most captivating, Xu projected his father’s medical charts from his final days dying of lung cancer onto the outside wall of a 19th century tobacco barn, testifying to historical connections and culpabilities. The conclusion begins with Xu’s exhibit in order to reflect on the legacy of the transnational connections between the U.S. South and China in the global cigarette industry, including implications for capitalism, corporate imperialism, and health.

Keywords:   corporation, imperialism, Xu Bing, North Carolina, cigarette, global, U.S. South, China, British American Tobacco Company

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