Shanghai Splendor: Economic Sentiments and the Making of by Wen-hsin Yeh

By Wen-hsin Yeh

Wealthy with info of way of life, this multifaceted social and cultural background of China's prime city within the 20th century bargains a kaleidoscopic view of Shanghai because the significant web site of chinese language modernization. enticing the complete span of Shanghai's glossy heritage from the Opium warfare to the eve of the Communist takeover in 1949, Wen-hsin Yeh lines the evolution of a blinding city tradition that turned alternately remoted from and intertwined with China's tumultuous background. taking a look specifically at Shanghai's best banks, publishing companies, and shops, she sketches the increase of a brand new maritime and capitalist monetary tradition one of the city's center type. Making huge use of city stories and visible representations, the ebook captures urbanite voices because it uncovers the sociocultural dynamics that formed the folks and their politics.

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The Church Missionary Society established the Anglo-Chinese School (Yinghua shuyuan) in Shanghai in 1865, and engaged John Fryer, formerly of St. Paul’s College in Hong Kong, to be its headmaster. ) alike. 26 English-Chinese wordbooks and dictionaries began to appear. Tang Tingshu (Tong King-sing; 1832–1892), who at age ten attended one of the earliest missionary teaching institutions in East Asia, the Robert Morrison School in Hong Kong, was the compiler of The Chinese and English Instructor, which was published in 1862.

From their perspective, the virtuous Xindu merchants—thrifty, diligent, honest, selfeffacing, and praised by late Ming Neo-Confucian thinkers—no longer served as adequate paragons for the new merchant heroes of Shanghai. Fan Muli moves about the city riding in a horse-drawn carriage. He puffs Havana cigars held in between fingers glittering with diamonds. His filter holder is encircled in translucent green emerald. 68 In Shanghai a whole new style of life evolved, based upon the wealth and spending of the new merchants.

It preached the idea of social advancement through hard work and persistent discipline, and encouraged young people to focus their energy on pragmatic knowledge. Capitalist enterprises would, according to this representation, reward merit and virtue as in the old imperial bureaucracy, albeit in a different way. The principal promoter of the idea of vocational education was Huang Yanpei, a former minister of the Jiangsu Provincial Bureau of Education and the head of the Jiangsu Provincial Educational Association.

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