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Conversations: Shanghai Homes: Lives in the Longtangs, with Jie Li

Jie Li, author of Shanghai Homes: Palimpsests of Private Life, has a unique insight into the lives within the longtangs: this is ...

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The Shanghai Paper Hunt

"In the beginning, as we can well understand, means of recreation were somewhat limited. Indeed, an old resident has described ...

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Conversations: Researching Old Shanghai with Greg Leck

Greg Leck, author of  Captives of Empire,  will speak to Historic Shanghai on September 14, 2014 on the topic of researching ...

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The Evolution of Shanghai Fashion

Shanghai has long been considered a cosmopolitan city, China's hub of East-meets-West cultural exchange, open to new and foreign ideas, inventions, and even clothing. The rapid modernization and 'opening up' of China during the first half of the twentieth century influenced the ways in which the people ...

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Old Shanghai

The Jewish Ghetto & The Final Solution  Shanghai had been home to a substantial Jewish population since foreigners first started arriving at its ports. There were multiple waves of Jewish immigration into Shanghai – Sephardic Jewish traders from the Middle East arrived starting in the 1840s, ...

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Mr. Pan & the Culty Dairy

The Culty Dairy was a fixture in old Shanghai, and yet not much is known about it today. The Dairy's Ayrshire cows provided fresh milk and cream to Shanghai, delivered in rickshaws. The Dairy continued operating into the 1950s, when it became the Bright Dairy, and the buildings remained into the 1990s, ...

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Yankee Journalists in Old China

Yes, the British led the imperialist charge into China in the mid-1800s, and yes, they were at the forefront in economics, politics and horse-racing in old Shanghai. But the Americans were never far behind, and in the field of journalism, the Yankees more than held their own. Or at least that is how ...