Where They Live, Worked and Played
2011-03-13, 11am, Glamour Bar

Tess Johnston

Gao'an Lu As you enter on the left, lovely villas South-facing balconies on N side of street Garages/shops on south side No 24 wonderful gate guard, a little villa in terrible condition Roof support are art nouveau, unique in SH Look at it through the eyes of love :) Yu Yaching had a street named for himself, former Tibet Rd Profile in Fortune magazine - "old-school... remains at heart a chinese peasant" [Magnificent quotes, see book for whole thing] Try to get in! See if it looks like the pics in the book Right opposite of St Nicholas cathedral

Duncan Hewitt

An honor to work with Tess on this book Hongqiao Lu - grabbed my attention on trip to Gubei Carrefour! A bucolic rural area for hunting, golfing, zoo Shanghai's last old cemetary, still existing Song Qingling mausoleum Most graves are not original but commemorative Meihuacun: Home of TV Song (Song Meiling, etc) Parkway Health Center (Song Ailing) One of last surving compounds, Grenada Estate, spanish-style Victor Sassoon, greatest Hongqiao resident; women and horses. Hami Lu/Rubicon Rd corner: Rubicon Garden home Eves, privately owned, 200 sq meter baronial hall for parties (Eves curry) "Flight from taxation not quite sporting" Billy and Gladis Hawkings The limit, most western house on Hongqiao "can't have this sort of thing going on" House is gone now

Lisa Movius

Huashan Rd, Anfu Lu, Wulumuqi Lu Theater and film scenes, SH Dramatic Arts Center, and SH Film Academy Zhenliu/Brookside apartments Famous writers/directors/actors/critics lived there, some still today Used to be a swimming pool in the basement Yuejuyuan/Opera house Since the late 40s Sun Daolin 50s/60s film heartthrob Crows and Sparrows was breakthrough hit, film of new China China's ideal man, but remained single into his late 30s His wife Wang Wenjuan survived him Performed into the 80s and 90s Also directed films Thunderstorm, and Stepmother

Bill Savadove

Amherst Avenue, Columbia Circle (Xinhua Rd) AKA "The Badlands", under control of Japanese/CN puppet govt Gambling, crime, vice Neighborhood featured was residential, toned down a bit Eclectic architecture, compact walk Plum Well Villas British, Spanish styles Building representing Chinese templte Right next to SH film art center Used by puppet mayor of SH in 40s US Southern plantation-style house, built by Missourian Now on grounds of PLA hospital Former home of JG Ballard ("Empire of the Sun") Savadove's great/grandparents owned a house on this road Vacated in 1941 after being kidnapped by gangsters, family fled SH Grandfather asked Bill not to look for the house when he returned "unwanted memories" "watch out for the Shanghai girls"(!) Most famous residents: Ballard family Textile company, privileged life under Japanese guard Renovated house not as pleasing as old: balcony/patio gone [Photos of the new house]

Sue Ann Tay

Tilanqiao - former Jewish Ghetto and (current) huge street market Less experience than other writers with SH history First exposed to markets, dongqian process Zhoushan/Zhongshan Lu(?)/formerly Chusan Rd(?) Third wave of Jewish immigrants at the height of WWII Less well-off than previous immigrants Literature of how lively this area was Hongqiao/Tilanqiao preservation areas, different levels, not adhered to Beautiful buildings, friendly residents Look for: stars of David, railings, doorways Ohel Moshe synagogue and museum has plenty of history The walk swings from the past, to the present... local neighborhoods Barbers, small factories, sweetshops, cafes/restaurants are being relived by Chinese immigrants, without understanding the areas history "什么都是犹太人!" and there were Indians too! The Shanghai resident perspective is a bit spotty A lot of migrant workers in the area, some tension in the area All families from Shandong sell same thing in same area Not too visible from just walking, watching

Wm Patrick Cranley

The Bund There is so much info about the Bund, how to compact it for a walking tour? Also, ignore Pudong? Studier, 2nd generation buildings -- has changed over time, mostly disappeared Old British consulate, recently renovated, not open to public Now a party place for govt officials 1910-1925 most surviving buildings built then So much social history besides architecture Used to be able to park on street, go out on piers Jardines building Condordia/German Club, torn down in 1935, survived a long time Replaced by Bank of China, 4th generation building Peace Hotel/nee Cathay Hotel, Sassoon property Renovation... no comment! 1865 buliding with Art Deco facade from 1930s German original, Japanese facade Building is no longer standing for Peninsula Hotel construction Won't find this in Peninsula promo materials Chen Yi - general, first mayor of new SH, purged in GPCR Obviously rehabilitated, in 1990s Before, statue of Harry Parks, irishman, inspector general of China Imperial Customs Steam+Sail boat photo The Bund has so many "layers" of history, very rich Contemporary history of the Bund is also of interest Michelle Garneau (M on the Bund founder)

Q. Where Columbia Circle?
A. Lane 329, 211
Q. Difference in writing between now and then?
A. Now must be PC. Amazing amount of material published contemporarily, wealth of undiscovered material. "The Fall of Shanghai", lots of mistakes, but still. SH Arhives, an SH library. Lots of stuff written currently is good, foreigners behaving badly.
Q. History of 1 on the Bund?
A. Was an office building, Baine Bld or Asiatic Petrolium Building, being renovated to be called Harmony 1/ 和谐一号, state project, no more info. Plot of land has history in the book, American in 1840s called Mr Fog. Rumor that it will be turned into a high-end shopping arcade.
Q. "Shanghailanders", who were they? Stateless, or everybody?
A. It was pre-refugee, nothing to do with refugees.
Q. What was cut from the book that you really wanted to include?
A. First of all, some authors! Tess limited it to 6. Next book will be by Tess alone.
Q. Why 2 houses so close together...missed?
A. Don't really know, style is similar but scale is different. Gardens used to exist, road was smaller. (Hongqiao Rd). Gardens have been chopped off, possible that Rubicon Garden used to be a lot bigger. Theory: Rubicon house is much more like a home, Eves has 8-meter high ceilings, no real bedrooms that could be Victor's sanctuary. Rubicon Grand Suite could be where he actually slept. Eves didn't have bedrooms so nobody would stay over! Why is Rubicon so derelict now? Question that deserves an answer.
Q. Bund defined by Huangpu and Suzhou Creek. Water management? Geographical evolution?
A. Landfillig defined the bund. "Bund" refers to putting piles into the riverside so boats can come up to the bank. Garden Bridge area was largely filled in (landfill), 1870s and 80s. Promenade widened.
Q. Jewish area, asker lives in an old Sassoon home. Where is Jewish cemetary?
A. Don't really know, refer to the museum. Hongkou was only one group of Jews, they were really all over.