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UPCOMING EVENTS AT A GLANCE. For event descriptions and details, please scroll down.

JUNE

Saturday June 3 & Sunday June 4, from 11am/FILM: Historic Shanghai’s Film Weekend: Men in the Movies ~ with Linda Johnson & Alison Conner RMB 300 (members) RMB 500 (nonmembers) for the whole weekend (4 films) or RMB 100 (members) RMB 150 (nonmembers) per movie.  RSVP for venue: info@historic-shanghai.com

Saturday June 10, 4pm/TALK: How Hudec Came to China ~ The Story of Austro-Hungarian Refugee Soldiers in China  with Matyas Mervay  RMB 50 members, RMB 150 nonmembers RSVPinfo@historic-shanghai.com

Saturday June 17, 6pm/TOUR: Nightclubs of old Shanghai  /RMB 350 members, RMB 500 nonmembers, includes 2 cocktails, bus transport, and entrance tickets/ RSVP for meeting point : info@historic-shanghai.com

Saturday June 24, 4pm/TALK: Imagining Female Heroism in Republican China: Women Fighters in Chinese Martial Arts Fiction, 1920s-1930s ~ with Iris Ma, in conjunction with Literary Shanghai /RMB 100 / Venue: Disney Research Center, 4/F, 624 Jianguo Lu/Gao’an Lu, 建国西路624号 近高安路 / RSVP: info@historic-shanghai.com

Sunday June 25, 2pm/WALK: Yangpu ~ Heritage & Regeneration in Shanghai’s Old Industrial Heartland with Duncan Hewitt /RMB 150 members, RMB 250 nonmembers/ RSVPinfo@historic-shanghai.com

JULY

Saturday July 1, 10am/WALK: Americans in old Shanghai /RMB 150 members, RMB 250 nonmembers/ RSVPinfo@historic-shanghai.com

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Saturday June 24, 4pm/TALK: Imagining Female Heroism in Republican China: Women Fighters in Chinese Martial Arts Fiction, 1920s-1930s ~ with Iris Ma, in conjunction with Literary Shanghai /RMB 100 / Venue: Disney Research Center, 4/F, 624 Jianguo Lu/Gao’an Lu, 建国西路624号 近高安路 / RSVP: info@historic-shanghai.com

Female Fighters

While Republican-era intellectuals were busy recasting the Chinese woman (as student, revolutionary, even anarchist) in a bid to improve her status and rejuvenate society, another new woman was emerging, this time in popular fiction: female fighters as protagonists in martial arts fiction.

Join us on June 24, for a fascinating talk with post-doctoral fellow Iris Ma, as she shares her research on how these martial arts heroines took the stage in a conventionally male-centered, imaginary world, and the surprising influences they reveal.

Iris Ma is a post-doctoral fellow of the Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History at University of Texas at Austin. Her research explores and examines the transformation of China from imperial state to modern society from the perspective of literary and cultural history. Her research interests include Chinese narrative tradition, popular writing and reading in late imperial and modern China, print culture, physical culture, women’s and gender history, and Chinese cinema. Iris received her Ph.D. from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), M.A. from the National University of Singapore (NUS), and B.A. from Fudan University in Shanghai.

Sunday June 25, 2pm/WALK: Yangpu – Heritage & Regeneration in Shanghai’s Old Industrial Heartland with Duncan Hewitt /RMB 150 members, RMB 250 nonmembers/ RSVP for meeting point: info@historic-shanghai.com

The Ewo Brewery, Yangpu.

The Ewo Brewery, Yangpu.

The area around Yangshupu Road in Yangpu district may seem remote these days, but from the 1910s to the 1930s (when it was known as Yangtzepoo Road), it played an important part in Shanghai’s transformation into Asia’s most modern city.

Situated along the river in the eastern district of the former International Settlement, it became home to key utilities and some of Shanghai’s most important factories, making everything from textiles to soap … and beer. Large residential compounds were also built here, for factory workers and managers. Today, much of the area remains relatively untouched by modernization – although that may change, as the local authorities have ambitious plans to regenerate the area. This walk visits old residential neighborhoods, as well as historic factories, including the Art Deco Ewo Beer brewery (a Hudec design), and a famous old cotton mill now transformed into a lifestyle zone.

Duncan Hewitt is a British writer and journalist who has lived in Shanghai since 2000, and has researched many of the city’s old neighborhoods. He is the author of Getting Rich First ~ Life in a Changing China (Vintage, 2008), which focuses on social change in China and Shanghai over the past three decades. He also contributed a chapter on Hongqiao Road to the walking guide Still More Shanghai Walks, edited by Tess Johnston.

JULY

Saturday July 1, 10am/WALK: The Independence Day Walk: Americans in old Shanghai /RMB 150 members, RMB 250 nonmembers/ RSVP for meeting point : info@historic-shanghai.com

The U.S. Consulate in Shanghai, 1916, in Hongkou.

The U.S. Consulate in Shanghai, 1916, in Hongkou.

In celebration of America’s 241st Independence Day on July 4, Historic Shanghai takes you on a walk that tells the story of the Americans in old Shanghai. Americans were a significant presence, and we’ll see where some of the pioneers of old Shanghai set up businesses, the buildings they designed, the clubs where they sipped their martinis ~ even a 1920s impression of New York harbor, hidden in a lobby ceiling.

ARCHITECTURAL WALKS GUIDEBOOK: Final Five: The Where’s Where of the Who’s Who of Old Shanghai is the final guidebook in Tess Johnston’s series of walking guides in historical Shanghai neighborhoods. For information and to order, click here



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