Diana Sue Kim
Assistant Professor, Georgetown University

Diana Sue Kim is assistant professor in the Edmund A Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and a core faculty member of the Asian Studies Program. Her latest book is Empires of Vice: The Rise of Opium Prohibition Across Southeast Asia (2020). She lives in Washington, DC.

Written by Diana Sue Kim

An Indian worker shows a European man a sample of opium taken from one of the large clay pots in the foreground. Photo by Bourne and Shepherd/British Library

Essay/
Global history
From vice to crime

European empires were addicted to opium smoking. Then their own agents launched a moral crusade to prohibit it

Diana S Kim