Shanghai web materials

Blog readers who are interested in our Shanghai show, which opens February 12, should keep an eye on the Shanghai exhibition web page, which is the central hub for all of our Shanghai materials. There are several things already up, and more will follow soon.

Today Nico supplied a reading list from the standpoint of a retail book specialist (as distinguished from a curator’s bibliography, which would likely be somewhat different). Nico is well informed and her judgment is sound, so this list would be an excellent starting point for learning about Shanghai. A portion of the page is shown above (click the image to see the rest).

The show spans the history of Shanghai, from its mid-nineteenth century treaty port days to the present.

4 Responses to “Shanghai web materials”

  1. Gary Soup  on January 26th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    I highly recommend the book “Beyond the Neon Lights: Everyday Shanghai in the Early Twentieth Century” by Lu Hanchao. I didn’t see it on Nico’s list, but did see it in your gift shop today. It’s a wonderfully evocative portrait of the lives of the ordinary people of Shanghai, and also provides great detail on lilong housing and how it served Shanghai’s great middle class.

  2. nico  on January 27th, 2010 at 12:36 am

    shhhhh, that’s the focus of another posting! but yes, it’s in the store, and yes, it is that good. you’ll know learn more than you ever expected to know about rickshaw culture.

  3. Nancy  on January 27th, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    I know that this novel is not set in Shanghai but Rickshaw Boy is, (for me), one of the classics of 20th Century Chinese literature. Lao She wrote beautifully about the decadent atmosphere, poverty. Her hero’s intense striving for a better life in the face of continual bad luck and financial precariousness is powerful. I read the novel as a teenager and have never forgotten it. When I started researching Shanghai, I was forcefully reminded of how difficult life was for the majority of the Chinese.

  4. Nancy  on January 27th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    oops.. I just checked and saw that Lao She was a man, not a woman. But since I’m doing another post, let me recommend Lin Yutang. At one point in my life, I worked my way through many of his books. Also, is it heretical to say that I love the works of Pearl Buck? I even liked her novel about the last empress of China which was completely inaccurate but well written – or at least, I thought so at the time.


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