Saturday, 23rd January 2016
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmTavern at the Radisson Xingguo Hotel
BOOK LAUNCH – Shanghai Old Town: Topography of a Phantom City, Volume One: The Old DocksAuthor: Katya Knyazeva
Shanghai has become an international city, again, but the original Shanghai, the old town, is still a shadow, unexplored territory for foreigners and locals.
Shanghai Old Town is a history and a photographic atlas of the former walled city and port of Shanghai. Volume One: The Old Docks explores the ancient lanes and historic relics of Dongjiadu, the wharves and lanes outside the city wall. The winding streets in this neighbourhood tell the story of the region, the trades, the cults and the clans that made Shanghai a merchant capital long before the western powers built the international treaty port. In spite of half a century of neglect and mounting redevelopment pressure, Dongjiadu retains a dynamic, unregulated street life and the most varied urban fabric. But the neighbourhoods are being erased. The Old Docks is a survey and an epitaph of a city on the verge of disappearance.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Katya Knyazeva is a journalist and photographer from Siberia. She has been living in Shanghai since 2006, where she worked variously as an illustration artist, writer, photojournalist and historian. She has published articles on Chinese cuisine, arts and theater, urban form and Shanghai history. She has been a speaker at Explore Shanghai Heritage, the Royal Asiatic Society, Shanghai Expat Association and World Art Deco Congress. She is the author of Shanghai Old Town: Topography of a Phantom City (Suzhou Creek Press, 2015).