On his site China Rhyming, Paul French has posted a review of Howard French’s Disappearing Shanghai. “…a photographic exploration of life in the old and rapidly disappearing quarters of Shanghai, with accompanying poems and essays by the author of fiction and poetry, Qiu Xiaolong.” French’s photos are intimate, unadorned, black-and-white. They capture moments at the center of a Chinese city in a way that is faithful to those of us who know these places, without resorting to the usual Porsche-beside-a-donkey images of today’s China (Evan Osnos, The New Yorker).
Disappearing Shanghai continues the theme of how this city in particular, and China in general, has been rapidly changing over decades. We alluded to this theme briefly in our post Reconstructing Lost Places in Towns of Old China, and the contrast between old Shanghai and today’s metropolis is further explored at Virtual Shanghai, “a research and resource platform on the history of Shanghai from the mid-nineteenth century to nowadays.”
The China Rhyming blog is a gallimaufry of random China history and research interests, and includes more articles related to old Shanghai as well as reviews of books about China. OCB is adding the site to the blogs we follow.