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Langston Hughes

Roar, China! Langston Hughes in Shanghai

When Langston Hughes, the poet laureate of the Harlem Renaissance, visited Shanghai in 1934, he found it not unlike his home country. With barbed wire and guards separating the International Settlement and French Concession from the Chinese sections of Shanghai, and with American race laws (i.e. segregation) applying in the ...

Gulangyu and Amoy

Gulangyu: The Story of China’s Other International Settlement

From March 24-26, we will explore the historic architecture of Xiamen and Gulangyu Island on Amoy Art Deco Weekend. For more on the itinerary and to book, click here. [caption id="attachment_1098" align="alignnone" width="750"] The Gulangyu International Settlement, 1908.[/caption] “For situation and natural ...

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Old Shanghai Film Weekend

Our upcoming weekend of old Shanghai film fun (June 3-5 2016) will include a visit to the Shanghai Film Museum, a trip to see the old Shanghai sets at the Shanghai Chedun Film Park, but the heart of it all are the screenings and discussions of movies from the golden age of Shanghai film. Linda Johnson (bio below), an expert ...

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Bookshelf: Death in Shanghai

MJ Lee’s Death in Shanghai is a delicious crime novel set in old Shanghai. Terrific plot, great characters, superb writing – and oh, the historical detail! It truly brings old Shanghai to life, infusing the characters, and even the crime. We wanted to know more, and author Martin Lee obliged us with an ...

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The Interview: Katya Knyazeva on Shanghai’s Old Town

The original Shanghai – the “old town” – is hidden in plain sight, in center of China’s wealthiest city. Yet it is but a shadow, unexplored territory for both foreigners and locals. And it's vanishing quickly. Journalist, photographer, and tour guide Katya Knyazeva has spent six years painstakingly documenting the ...

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Historic Shanghai’s Year in Review 2015

A look back on the tours, the talks, and that splendiferous World Congress on Art Deco that made up our 2015. [caption id="attachment_632" align="alignleft" width="255"] Stained glass dragon at the T'ou-se-wei orphanage, seen on our Easter Walking tour.[/caption] The Year in Numbers  14 tours 25 World Congress ...

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Historic Shanghai’s Best Books of 2015

Our annual roundup of the year's best books on Shanghai's history. 2015 has produced an exceptional crop of books -- several that have been in the works for many years, by authors with impeccable Shanghai creds, and an unparalleled knowledge of Shanghai history. Instant classics! When True Love Came to China, Lynn ...