Shanghai Gone Domicide and Defiance in a Chinese Megacity

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-02-20
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

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Shanghai has been demolished and rebuilt into a gleaming megacity in recent decades, now ranking with New York and London among the world's financial elite. But that transformation has come at grave human cost. This compelling book is the first to explore in detail the stories of neighborhoods destroyed, families uprooted, and life patterns vanished to make way for the new Shanghai. Within those stories we find the holdouts and protesters, those men and women who have stubbornly resisted demolition and demanded justice. Qin Shao follows a reticent kindergarten teacher turned diehard petitioner; a descendant of gangsters and squatters who has held out in his home for a decade and become an amateur lawyer for other evictees; a Chinese Muslim man who has sued the government to recover his ancestral home in Xintiandi, the best-known case of gentrification in recent Shanghai by a well-connected Hong Kong real estate tycoon. Highlighting the wrenching changes unleashed by China's reform era, Shao vividly portrays the relentless pursuit of growth and profit by the combined forces of corrupt power and money, the personal wreckage it has left behind, and the enduring human spirit it has unleashed.

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