"Whereas courtesans deployed considerable skill to induce their regular customers to spend money on them and their house, the mark of their relationship with actors and other lovers was that the women spent money on the men, giving them expensive presents and even borrowing money to clear their debts. This was known as 'raising a small devil.'"
— Gail Hershatter, Dangerous Pleasure: Prostitution and Modernity in Twentieth-Century Shanghai
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The urban-rural divide did not just happen: it was the result of specific, historical processes....