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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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Wang Yiting in the Social Networks of 1910s–1930s Shanghai

Wang Yiting in the Social Networks of 1910s–1930s Shanghai

(p.45) Chapter 3 Wang Yiting in the Social Networks of 1910s–1930s Shanghai
At the Crossroads of Empires

Kuiyi Shen

Stanford University Press

This chapter discusses Wang Yiting in the social networks of Shanghai. Yiting had significant roles in political, economic, cultural, and social stages of Shanghai. He also bridged the religious and the business worlds and, in both guises, helped find common ground between Shanghai's Japanese and Chinese residents. Additionally, Wang reached unimaginable heights in the Shanghai business world. His business success benefited from his close association with local elites and the friendship of local politicians. Wang avoided direct political activities but supported his causes through the power of his wealth. Including his many good works, his story could be the beginning of a tale about a benevolent Confucian in a premodern Chinese social network. Wang was both a product of an unusual time and, equally important, a powerful architect of the new Shanghai in which he lived.

Keywords:   social networks, Wang Yiting, Shanghai, Confucian, business, political activities

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