Margaret Gaan is a British-Chinese novelist. Her works are largely set in China. Her novels extensively focus on the culture and tradition of Chinese culture. As a novelist, Gaan has gained considerable merits. She has emerged as a writer of unique style. The novel White Poppy deals with the hidden history of the aftermath of opium war. In the novel, she presents the struggle between two different cultures. It also highlights the pangs of opium addicts.
The research paper aims to put forth the measures taken to bring an end to the opium trading. It also attempts to discuss the harsh effects of opium in China and the sufferings of the addicts.
Keywords: culture, addiction, opium war, trading, hidden history.