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Table Of Contents

Introduction
Housing: Reform and Conflict
Patterns of Grassroots Resistance
Domicide
The Petition System
A Road with No Return
Going Mental?
Xintiandi—The New World
From a “Fine Home” to a “Stuck Fish Bone”
“You Destroyed My Home and You Now Own Me”
Dream Team and Nightmares
The Deceit
The Initial Conflict
The Negotiations
Cultural Resistance
Mr. C
A Mixed Ending
Squatting in Shanghai
The Transformation of a Shack
A Nail Household
The Education of Shi Lin
The Formula
The Political Arena
Waiting for Nirvana
The Pretext
The Issue of Preservation
A Community Leader
Discovering a Usable Past
Letter Writing
A Propaganda War
The Involvement of Experts
A Ghost Document
The Peak and the Valley
The Last Nail
A Problematic Future
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
About the Author
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Shanghai Gone: Domicide and Defiance in a Chinese Megacity

Shanghai Gone: Domicide and Defiance in a Chinese Megacity

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Shanghai has been demolished and rebuilt into a gleaming megacity in recent decades, now ranking with New York and London as a hub of global finance. But that transformation has come at a grave human cost. This compelling book is the first to apply the concept of domicide—the eradication of a home against the will of its dwellers—to the sweeping destruction of neighborhoods, families, and life patterns to make way for the new Shanghai. Here we find the holdouts and protesters, men and women who have stubbornly resisted domicide and demanded justice. Qin Shao follows, among others, a reticent kindergarten teacher turned diehard petitioner; a descendant of gangsters and squatters who has become an amateur lawyer for evictees; and a Chinese Muslim who has struggled to recover his ancestral home in Xintiandi, an infamous site of gentrification dominated by a well-connected Hong Kong real estate tycoon. Highlighting the wrenching changes spawned by China’s reform era, Shao vividly portrays the relentless pursuit of growth and profit by the combined forces of corrupt power and money, the personal wreckage it has left behind, and the enduring human spirit it has unleashed.

To see the author's blog post on Asia Society, please click here.
Shanghai has been demolished and rebuilt into a gleaming megacity in recent decades, now ranking with New York and London as a hub of global finance. But that transformation has come at a grave human cost. This compelling book is the first to apply the concept of domicide—the eradication of a home against the will of its dwellers—to the sweeping destruction of neighborhoods, families, and life patterns to make way for the new Shanghai. Here we find the holdouts and protesters, men and women who have stubbornly resisted domicide and demanded justice. Qin Shao follows, among others, a reticent kindergarten teacher turned diehard petitioner; a descendant of gangsters and squatters who has become an amateur lawyer for evictees; and a Chinese Muslim who has struggled to recover his ancestral home in Xintiandi, an infamous site of gentrification dominated by a well-connected Hong Kong real estate tycoon. Highlighting the wrenching changes spawned by China’s reform era, Shao vividly portrays the relentless pursuit of growth and profit by the combined forces of corrupt power and money, the personal wreckage it has left behind, and the enduring human spirit it has unleashed.

To see the author's blog post on Asia Society, please click here.

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