Migraines of China under junk-withdrawal

from Allen Ginsberg – Howl on Rap Genius

Meaning

Potentially a reference to the widespread Chinese opium addiction, and, in the greater context of the Opium Wars, subsequent Century of Humiliation, and Japanese invasion of World War II, could be a metaphor for a weak and crippled China — although, if under withdrawal, a positive process is being undergone, however painful. China today is steadily growing in power (a break from its “addiction”/subservience to Western powers), but to get there it had to undergo immense pain (Mao Zedong’s widespread social reform, which killed millions).

The word “junk” may also have been a pun on the common Chinese sailing boat.

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