From the Inside Flap
Weaving anecdotes with analysis, Pamela Yatsko?s lively narrative addresses key aspects of the city?s rebirth: The building spree of the 1990s and how it turned into a massive glut; Shanghai?s resurrection as a financial center; its drive to remain a manufacturing powerhouse; its cultural reawakening; the growing divide between rich and poor; the return of fortune-hunting foreign business; and the revival of notorious Old Shanghai vices: nightlife, drugs and prostitution. New Shanghai gives readers a sense of the tumult that has rocked urban China in the 1990s. By painting pictures of Shanghai today, it provides a better understanding of the Shanghai and China tomorrow.
From the Back Cover
Is Shanghai, the capitalist Mecca of the Far East in the 1920s, re-emerging as the New York of Asia? The Whore of the Orient? The stomping ground of China's artistic elite? China's version of Silicon Valley? A tinderbox of social unrest as state-owned companies lay off workers by the hundreds of thousands?
Weaving insightful anecdotes with astute analysis, respected journalist Pamela Yatsko addresses these questions and many others to provide a vivid portr ait of Shanghai, past and present. New Shanghai's lively narrative, culled from interviews with Shanghainese at all levels of society, explores key aspects of contemporary Shanghai – from finance, foreign business and state enterprise reform, to vice, culture and social change. New Shanghai takes us into the world of shady Chinese stock speculators, prosperous yuppies, distraught laid-off workers, determined foreign executives and alluring bar girls, giving texture to the tumult that has rocked urban China. By painting pictures of Shanghai today, New Shanghai offers readers a better understanding of Shanghai and China tomorrow. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.