By Jos Gamble

Within the many years following the creation of Communist occasion rule in Shanghai in 1949, the city's economic climate, infrastructure and hyperlinks with the realm all atrophied. despite the fact that, the earlier decade has obvious far-reaching financial reforms applied to recreate Shanghai as a sophisticated, international monetary and alternate centre. This booklet specializes in the lives of neighborhood citizens and their perceptions in their altering urban, and offers an evocative sequence of ethnographic views of the city's moving sociological panorama during this interval of transition.

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A widely stated objective is that by 2010 Shanghai will ‘achieve an international scale and breadth of economic development’ and be ‘a modern city of the first order in world terms’ (Zhao 1993:2). This agenda appears, belatedly, to bear out Pye’s anticipation that with the ‘Four Modernisations’ policy Shanghai would ‘again assert itself as the country’s most advanced and dynamic city’ (1981:xv). In 1999, Zhu Rongji, a former mayor of Shanghai and now China’s premier, emphasised that ‘Shanghai will be China’s New York’ (Economist 14 August 1999:64).

Jones Shanghai and Tientsin. Oxford: Oxford University Press (1940:110–11). Map 4 Plan showing development of Shanghai by 1940. Semi-colonial Shanghai In the West it often seems that the abiding resonances of pre-1949 Shanghai are of sing-song houses, gambling, prostitution, opium Dens, and kidnapping. This is the Shanghai of novels such as Shanghai: City for Sale (Hauser 1940) and Shanghai, The Paradise of Adventurers (Miller 1937). Miller wrote that ‘Shanghai laughs, drinks and…loves outrageously, impudently’ (1937:22).

It is not surprising, therefore, that the Chinese language should be drenched with the symbolism of water, the sea, rivers, tides, and waves. ) than the English equivalents. ’ The course of a person’s life and the past can be likened to a river, for example, in the term huisu wangshi (‘recall past events’)—huisu means both ‘to recall’ and to ‘go against the stream’. 24 REPRESENTATIONS AND METAPHORS OF REFORM IN SHANGHAI ‘Watery’ metaphors seemed to be important generative metaphors of people’s portrayals of the impact of gaige kaifang, the policies adopted after the passing of the ‘great helmsmen’, Mao Zedong.

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