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The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed
     

The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed

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by Michael Meyer
 

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ISBN-10: 0802717500

ISBN-13: 9780802717504

Pub. Date: 05/26/2009

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

A fascinating, intimate portrait of Beijing through the lens of its oldest neighborhood, facing destruction as the city, and China, relentlessly modernizes.

Soon we will be able to say about old Beijing that what emperors, warlords, Japanese invaders, and Communist planners couldn't eradicate, the market economy has. Weaving historical

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A fascinating, intimate portrait of Beijing through the lens of its oldest neighborhood, facing destruction as the city, and China, relentlessly modernizes.

Soon we will be able to say about old Beijing that what emperors, warlords, Japanese invaders, and Communist planners couldn't eradicate, the market economy has. Weaving historical vignettes of Beijing and China over a thousand years Michael Meyer captures the city's deep past as he illuminates its present, and especially the destruction of its ancient neighborhoods and the eradication of a way of life that has epitomized China's capital. With an insider's insight, The Last Days of Old Beijing is an invaluable witness to history, bringing into shining focus the ebb and flow of life in old Beijing at this pivotal moment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802717504
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
05/26/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 8.28(h) x 1.03(d)

Table of Contents

Maps viii

Chapter 1 Through the Front Gate 1

Chapter 2 Becoming Teacher Plumblossom 9

Chapter 3 Mocky & Me 20

Chapter 4 "Say Farewell to Dangerous Housing" 35

Chapter 5 Wintertime 60

Chapter 6 A Brief History of Part One: Traces of Pre-Beijing 76

Chapter 7 The Evening News 82

Chapter 8 High Times in Happiness City 88

Chapter 9 Preserving a Sense of Place 108

Chapter 10 Springtime 131

Chapter 11 A Brief History of Part Two: The Rise and Fall of Imperial Beijing 143

Chapter 12 The Unslumming Slum 158

Chapter 13 Saving the Old Street 174

Chapter 14 A Summer of Recycling 188

Chapter 15 Past Tense vs. Future Tense 203

Chapter 16 A Brief History of Part Three: The Modernization of Republican Beijing 214

Chapter 17 Miss Zhu Remembers the Trees 231

Chapter 18 "If Someone Is Sick and You Do Not Aid Him, It Is Your Fault, Not His" 247

Chapter 19 The Widow's Story 261

Chapter 20 A Brief History of Part Four: The Industrialization of Maoist Beijing 275

Chapter 21 Echo Wall 294

Epilogue New Beijing, New Olympics 310

Acknowledgments 327

Appendix: Gazetteer 331

Notes 335

Bibliography 347

Index 357

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The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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vms More than 1 year ago
Very well written, but boring. Bought on Nook, and cannot successfully see maps. Made it halfway thru, then moved on to a different book. First time in a long time. I am a fan of Chinese history, but tearing down buildings does not interest me when I personally cannot relate to the city of Beijing. Main character doesn't seem to have much life, just describes "renovation" of city.
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