February 23, 1928, the Beijing government decided to collect special tax on luxurious consumption. Modern economics considers that consumption stimulate economy. However, luxury and consumption had no clear boundary. How to define "luxury", and how to consider it? These questions are often discussed, and have been noticed in the Late Imperial China. For details you may refer to our research finding: Wu Jen-shu, Women of luxury – Women’s Consumer Culture of the Jiangnan region (area south of the Yangtse) in the Ming-Qing period.
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