Writers & Photographers
WM PATRICK CRANLEY
Patrick Cranley is president of Historic Shanghai , which he co-founded in 1998 with Tina Kanagaratnam and Tess Johnston. A native of Baltimore, USA, he has been a student of Chinese affairs for more than thirty years, and has lived in China for two decades.
A frequent speaker on Shanghai history, architecture, society and business, Patrick has also written for dozens of newspapers and magazines worldwide,and has authored chapters in Insight Guide Shanghai, Still More Shanghai Walks, Final Five Walks, and Step by Step Shanghai. His collection of Shanghai Art Deco furniture was featured in Shanghai Style by celebrated author Lynn Pan. His historic and architectural tours of Shanghai are recommended by Condé Nast Traveler; Luxe Guide to Shanghai; Nota Bene; Departures magazine; and by a number of top-tier travel companies.
Patrick holds degrees from Brown University, the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan, and the Ross School of Business and certificates from the University of Dijon and the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies. He is the managing director of PR agency AsiaMedia.
Tina Kanagaratnam co-founded heritage organization Historic Shanghai in 1998, with the goal of preserving Shanghai’s unique history by raising awareness of its built heritage and social and cultural history. Tina is an award-winning writer and the author of numerous books on Shanghai, including two popular historic walking guides to the city, the guidebook Insight Guides Shanghai, and the Zagat Guide to Shanghai. She also authored a column on historic Shanghai architecture for the Shanghai Daily and is the blog editor for Historic Shanghai and sister organization Shanghai Art Deco.
Tina leads acclaimed walks throughout the city for Historic Shanghai, Shanghai Art Deco and for high-end private tour operators. Her walks combine an in-depth knowledge of history with fun facts, and quirky bits of information that never fail to engage and entertain clients.
A native of Singapore, Tina also co-founded the Shanghai International Literary Festival and the local literary association Literary Shanghai. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from American University’s School of International Service and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Amandari Kanagaratnam is no stranger to Shanghai’s unique history – she grew up in the French Concession, as part of the first generation of foreign “Shanghai kids” since 1949. A newly minted Anthropology major from Georgetown University now working in New York City, she likes to remind people that there is more to history than just the buildings.
Amandari is Historic Shanghai’s in-house tech support – she created the website and runs the YouTube channel. Her goal is to bring Historic Shanghai – and its extensive archive of dusty tomes, yellowing maps, and buckets of black-and-white photographs found at the antique market – into the digital age.