Notes from the alleyway: Zhang Jishun’s A City Displaced and the promise of archival research

Normally I would not tout a book review in this forum, but I want to make sure that readers of this list are introduced to Zhang Jishun's 张济顺 terrific new book Yuanqu de dushi: 1950 niandai de Shanghai 远去的都市:1950 年代的上 海 [A City Displaced: Shanghai in the 1950s]. Beijing: Shehui kexue wenxian chubanshe, 2015. I offer a discussion of the book in the current issue of Journal of Modern Chinese History, 10:1, 106-112. To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17535654.2016.1168171

Gail Hershatter

Resource, USFA Finding List, Part 1

The first part (SHANGHAI, PART 1) of the finding list series for the Upton Sino-Foreign Archive (USFA), Concord, NH, USA should be available next month. Any interested individual or institution should send a request by e-mail to rsu77@alum.dartmouth.org  Any individual who has not previously been in contact with USFA should include a few sentences about his/her background and interests.

Most of the materials at USFA are from the pre-1950 period.

Re: Looking for syllabuses on 20th century Shanghai, Taibei, and Hong Kong

My recommendations for Hong Kong:

For a textbook, I prefer John Carroll, A Concise History of Hong Kong (2007)

My students also enjoyed for secondary readings:

Ackbar Abbas, Hong Kong: The Culture and Politics of Disappearance
John Carroll, Edge of Empires: Chinese Elites and British Colonials in Hong Kong

And Fabio's recommendation for the Gordon Matthew's book on Chunking Mansions

Re: Looking for syllabuses on 20th century Shanghai, Taibei, and Hong Kong

On Hong Kong, two recommendations:

Hong Kong: A Reader in Social History, ed. David Faure (Oxford, 2003)
香港經濟非經濟學讀本 (The Economy of Hong Kong in Non-Economic Perspectives), eds. 羅金義 Law Kam-yee and 李劍明 Lee Kim-ming (Oxford, 2004)

Both are readers with academic articles and book excerpts on various aspects of Hong Kong history from late 19th c. to late 20th c. The latter's title is in Chinese, but most of its chapters (60%) are actually in English. Each article runs about 20-30 pages in length.

Re: Looking for syllabuses on 20th century Shanghai, Taibei, and Hong Kong

A big thanks to Fabio, Denise Ho, Jon Howlett and Qin Shao for your kind replies to my syllabus query. I cannot give you much in exchange, except share with you – if you do not already know it – a song that a friend in Sweden sent to me in Shanghai (it was item #1 on a cassette tape of inspirational songs with “China” in the lyrics that he had put together) in the winter of 1975.

Re: Looking for syllabuses on 20th century Shanghai, Taibei, and Hong Kong

Hi Michael, I am more of a Beijing guy but I do teach a course on the Chinese City.
On Shanghai, the list is endless, here are some of the most recent/interesting ones:

Meng Yue, Shanghai at the Edges of Empire (Minnesota, 2005)
Li Jie, Shanghai Homes: Palimpsests of Private Life (Columbia UP, 2014)
Andrew Field and James Farrer, Shanghai Nightscapes: A Nocturnal Biography of a Global City (Chicago, 2015)
Yeh Wen-shin, Shanghai Splendor. Economic Sentiment and the Making of Modern China (California, 2007)

Looking for syllabuses on 20th century Shanghai, Taibei, and Hong Kong

Is there anybody out there who has an up-to-date English language syllabus or reading list to share, concerning the modern (20th century) histories of (1) Shanghai, (2) Hong Kong, and/or (3) Taibei? Even modest assistance will be much appreciated! 谢谢!

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