Urban Superiority, Modernity and Local Identity — a Think Piece on the Case of Shanghai

  • Hanchao Lu
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Cities that sit like islands surrounded by a vast agrarian ocean often present paradoxes. In looking at the case of modern Shanghai one encounters at least three. First, the strong sense of urban superiority that prevailed in modern times arose from a tradition wherein the cultural boundaries between rural and urban society were particularly blurred. Second, the modernity that the city frequently represented or displayed tended to overshadow — but was never able to replace — a deep and vibrant undercurrent of traditionalism that had comfortably found its niche in the quotidian aspects of urban life. Finally, while the images of a city and the perceptions of its people may well be seen as things local, the making of a local identity in Shanghai, at least in part, was inevitably derived from something global.1


Local Identity Chinese City East Asian Study Popular Fiction Shanghai People 
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