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At the Crossroads of EmpiresMiddlemen, Social Networks, and State-Building in Republican Shanghai$
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Nara Dillon and Jean C. Oi

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780804756198

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804756198.001.0001

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Cosmopolitan Connections and Transnational Networks

Cosmopolitan Connections and Transnational Networks

(p.206) Chapter 10 Cosmopolitan Connections and Transnational Networks
At the Crossroads of Empires

Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom

Stanford University Press

This chapter reports the role of key individuals in crossing the kinds of national and cultural divisions in Shanghai society, concentrating on Shanghainese linchpin individuals and some of their Shanghailander counterparts. It briefly addresses the activities of several local residents of different nationalities who moved between the world of the Shanghainese and that of the Shanghailanders, along with several local organizations which linked the two. The Who's Who in China entries for many of the border-crossers presented indicate that there are many tales to tell which would support the vision of Shanghai as a place where opportunities were wide open to any person of talent. From around 1920 to 1937, the Shanghailander elite was searching for creative ways to assure that their institutions and way of life would be able to “go on,” albeit in a modified fashion, in a rapidly changing and increasingly uncertain political environment.

Keywords:   Shanghai, Shanghainese, Shanghailander, Who's Who, political environment, cultural division, national division

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