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Port of Last Resort: Diaspora Communities of Shanghai

Ristaino, Marcia Reynders

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ISBN 10: 0804738408 / ISBN 13: 9780804738408
Edité par Stanford University Press
Etat : Fine Couverture rigide
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Titre : Port of Last Resort: Diaspora Communities of...

Éditeur : Stanford University Press

Reliure : Hardcover

Etat du livre :Fine

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This book examines two large and generally overlooked diaspora communities, one Jewish and the other Slavic, which found refuge in Shanghai during the period 1900-1950. Victims of discrimination and persecution in their own lands Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Ukraine they chose Shanghai as their destination because no documentation was required to enter the city and settle there. In their struggle to survive and build a life in this Chinese open port, they encountered severe political, social, economic, and cultural challenges. The Jewish diaspora community began forming in the early 1900s and increased to more than 18,000 after the initial triumphs of Nazism. The Slavic community eventually numbered about 30,000 people, escaping revolution and persecution from Bolshevik and fascist forces at home and in north China. This book focuses on how these diverse groups, adhering to various religious and cultural traditions, formed communities, preserved their national and cultural identities, chose their leaders, found gainful employment, coped with the alien Chinese culture, educated and raised their children, and established a considerable presence in this large, cosmopolitan city.

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“For her meticulous and fascinating study of the Slavs—Russians, Ukrainians, Poles—and Jews, who lived in Shanghai from the early 1920s until well after the Communist victory in 1949, Marcia Ristaino has made use of Chinese, Japanese, German, Russian, and English sources to describe the survival of a refugee community that at one time numbered over 50,000 people. . . . Ms. Ristaino has written a remarkable book. She describes well the lives of heroes, villains, spies, collaborators, prostitutes, and many other people simply doing their best to survive.”—The New York Review of Books
“This is an academic book and possesses scholarly strengths . . . a thoroughly researched, impressive and sometimes fascinating piece of work, interwoven with themes that resonate to this day.”—TIME Magazine, Asia

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