Shanghai: Electric and Lurid City

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This book collects over fifty passages of writing on Shangai, ranging from its pre-Treaty Port days to the eve of the twenty-first century. The pieces are taken from novels, biographies, letters, diaries, poems, and short stories and are illustrated with photographs and drawings.

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Overview

This book collects over fifty passages of writing on Shangai, ranging from its pre-Treaty Port days to the eve of the twenty-first century. The pieces are taken from novels, biographies, letters, diaries, poems, and short stories and are illustrated with photographs and drawings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195906035
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/30/1998
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Glossary
Pt. I Swampland to Commercial Port (700 BC-AD 1842)
1 Xi Shi and the King of Wu 3
2 Restraining Pirates 6
3 Hai Jui Dismissed from Office 8
4 Voyage of the Lord Amhurst 12
Pt. II International Influence (1843-1910)
5 Telling Phrases 20
6 General Gordon in China 24
7 A Disenchanted View 29
8 Respectable Betting 33
9 Conduct Unbecoming 35
10 Law, Order, and Sanitation 38
11 Rickshaw Coolies and 'Boys' 44
12 Abduction in Blood Alley 49
13 The Betrothal of Yindi 56
14 Two Prominent Residents 64
Pt. III Ideals, Conflict, and Corruption (1911-1927)
15 Visiting Missionaries 69
16 Formation of the Chinese Communist Party 74
17 Du Yuesheng and the Green Gang 78
18 Escapades of a Duchess 82
19 Nanking Road, May 30th 1925 86
20 Steam Engines Disturb Spirits 92
21 Shanghai Birds 95
22 Margot Fonteyn, Aged Twelve, Dances in Shanghai 99
23 A House in Qingyun Lane 105
Pt. IV The Paris of the East (1928-1936)
24 Prostitution 117
25 Three Poems 119
26 New Year Pavement Fair 121
27 Cathay Hotel 124
28 Midnight 128
29 Shanghai Express 132
30 Great World Entertainment Building 144
31 Princess Lyuba 146
32 A Jewish Childhood 152
33 The Big Smoke 156
Pt. V Occupation and War Years (1937-1948)
34 Staff of the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank 172
35 A Building Contractor's Life 180
36 Extreme Hardship 184
37 The Whangpoo River 186
38 Bridge House 197
39 Empire of the Sun 203
Pt. VI The Sway of Communism (1949-1976)
40 Wine, Women and Song 209
41 Why Did I Tell You I Was Going to Shanghai? 212
42 Liberated Women 214
43 Life and Death in Shanghai 232
44 Shifting Politics 249
Pt. VII Fading Nostalgia, New Hope (1977-1998)
45 Shanghai Diary 256
46 A Visit to Min Hong 260
47 The Friend in Shanghai 263
48 Frogs for Supper 278
49 Newly-wed Priorities 285
50 The Chemist 288
51 Lady Kadoorie Remembers 290
52 Summing Up 292
53 Dancing in Shanghai 296
Bibliography 297
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