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    Question What is "whisky-swilling planters"?

    Dear Teacher,
    I read this sentence on Internet:
    This was the world the Japanese would sweep away, but it was already threatened by subversion from within, and by popular metropolitan hostility to people later memorably described (by The Times's correspondent Ian Morrison) as "whisky-swilling planters" (p. 60).
    What is "whisky-swilling planters"?
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    Re: What is "whisky-swilling planters"?

    planter - rich, often immigrant, owner of a farm producing rice (in this context, probably) on a large scale, with poorly-paid or slave labour
    whisky-swilling - habitually drinking large amounts

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    Re: What is "whisky-swilling planters"?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    planter - rich, often immigrant, owner of a farm producing rice (in this context, probably) on a large scale, with poorly-paid or slave labour
    whisky-swilling - habitually drinking large amounts

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    Without wanting to disagree too strongly, the planters from Malaya that I knew were very far from rich owners of rice farms. Most were reasonably well-paid managers of rubber plantations or timber plantations. I have a feeling that the "whisky-swilling planters" were generally the unmarried ones.


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    Re: What is "whisky-swilling planters"?

    I think in the context it's important to see that this is a derogatory term.

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    Re: What is "whisky-swilling planters"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Without wanting to disagree too strongly, the planters from Malaya that I knew were very far from rich owners of rice farms. Most were reasonably well-paid managers of rubber plantations or timber plantations. I have a feeling that the "whisky-swilling planters" were generally the unmarried ones.
    It's a fair cop! When I think of planters I think of slave-owners on sugar plantations. And I agree about the unmarried idea - that didn't occur to me, but it makes sense.

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