Beyond the Neon Lights: Everyday Shanghai in the Early Twentieth Century

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University of California Press, 1999 - History - 456 pages
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How did ordinary people live through the extraordinary changes that have swept across modern China? How did peasants transform themselves into urbanites? How did the citizens of Shanghai cope with the epic upheavalsórevolution, war, and again revolutionóthat shook their lives? Even after decades of scholarship devoted to modern Chinese history, our understanding of the daily lives of the common people of China remains sketchy and incomplete. In this carefully researched study, Hanchao Lu weaves rich documentary data with ethnographic surveys and interviews to reconstruct the fabric of everyday life in China's largest and most complex city in the first half of this century.
  

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Contents

Going to Shanghai
25
The overlap of native place and trade in Republican Shanghai
51
Zhiyuan whitecollar employees in Republican Shanghai
64
The World of Rickshaws
67
Rickshaw fares in Shanghai 191737
71
Insurance report of the Pullers Mutual Aid Association of Shanghai May 1 1936 to September 30 1936
82
Escaping the Shantytown
109
The Homes of the Little Urbanites
138
Residents in Zhengming Li Shanghai 193351
223
Beyond Stone Portals
243
Neighborhood stores on Hart Road 1940s
247
Conclusion
294
A Survey of the Origins of Shanghai Residents
323
List of Informants
329
References Cited
393
Glossary and Index
427

Subletting in Republican Shanghai samples from an early1950s survey
163
Behind Stone Portals
189

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About the author (1999)

Hanchao Lu is Professor of History at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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