Changchun Across 1949: Rebuilding a Colonial Capital City Under Socialism in the Early 1950s

  • Yishi Liu


Planned mostly under the unique Japanese colonialism, Changchun was appropriated for different political ends in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) since 1949, both for its downtown and suburban industrial area, hence an intriguing case for studying the cross the divide of 1949 to study continuities and changes of urban policies and manifestations. This chapter first offers a brief introduction of the 1932 plan, and then traces how downtown Changchun underwent changes during the first years of Maoism. A major change in Changchun was the construction of the First Automobile Works, and competition of the visions and practices of modernity against the West as an underlining theme prescribed interesting continuities from the colonial buildup to the socialist reconstruction of the built environment.


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  • Yishi Liu
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  1. 1.School of Architecture, Tsinghua UniversityBeijingP. R. China

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