I waked up early in the morning (5:30 AM), and drove to the french concession. The best time to visit Shanghai is very early in the morning. Here are two buildings. One is at around 140 Fuxing West Road, and the second is on the Wukang Road. Looking at the buildings, and you just feel beauty out of it.
Fuxing Rd and Wukang Rd used to call Route Lafayette and Route Ferguson respectively, I am surprised you still use the term French Concession as most younger Shanghaiese regarded this colonial history as infamy together with the structures at the bund, only the local elders have the vivid memory of the past. Can you please tell me the present general point of view towards this ‘unfaithful’ history of Shanghai.
At any rate, glad to see your blog is strengthened.
Stephen, I had written a Chinese blog on this topic: http://home.wangjianshuo.com/cn/20090515_aeaeeieae.htm A mixed blood city called Shanghai. You may want to read it, and I will talk about the story in the future blogs. To be brief, although everyone in China outside Shanghai can take the pride and avoid talking about the history, people in Shanghai are culturally born with a Chinese mother, and a western father, and that culture is in the blood, so people have a mixed feeling toward the beautiful heritage (it IS beautiful), and the rape that happened 100 years ago.
and Stephen, I am happy to see you back. After switching to Weibo, and other social media for about a year, I realized that blog is still the most beautiful form of expression and reading. So I am back and I am happy to see you back too. How are you doing these days?
This article may be interesting to you (if you are able to access it)
At any rate, a mixed blood city can be best described as ‘Melting Pot’.