Stateless in Shanghai

  • Filename: stateless-in-shanghai.
  • ISBN: 9881815487
  • Release Date: 2010
  • Number of pages: 311
  • Author: Liliane Willens
  • Publisher: Earnshaw Books

"Born in Shanghai to Jewish Russian parents who fled the Bolshevik Revolution, Liliane Willens is a "stateless" girl in the world's most cosmopolitan city. But when the Far East explodes in conflict, the family's uncertain status puts them at risk of being stranded, or worse. Stateless in Shanghai recounts Willens' life and trials in a China collapsing under the weight of foreign invaders and civil war."--Publisher's description.

Chinese Perceptions of the Jews and Judaism

  • Filename: chinese-perceptions-of-the-jews-and-judaism.
  • ISBN: 9781136835094
  • Release Date: 2013-12-16
  • Number of pages: 202
  • Author: Zhou Xun
  • Publisher: Routledge

While prejudice against Jews is a real and ongoing category in Western culture, little attention has been paid to the myths of the Jews' and their impact in countries outside the West. This work draws on a wide variety of source materials from the past two centuries to examine the images of the Jews' as constructed in China. However, the interest here does not lie in the determination of the boundary between the real and fictional aspects of these images. Rather, it lies in the implications associated with the Jew' as an other', which remains a distant mirror in the construction of the self' amongst various social groups in modern China. Although it has been noted by a few scholars that the use of the Jews' as a category was important to many thinkers of modern China in the construction of their nationalistic and socio- political ideologies, this is the first systematic study in the field to be published. This book is also more than a historical book on China in that it opens a new arena for modern Jewish studies from a unique angle.

Voices from Shanghai

  • Filename: voices-from-shanghai.
  • ISBN: 9780226181684
  • Release Date: 2009-08-01
  • Number of pages: 144
  • Author:
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press

When Hitler came to power and the German army began to sweep through Europe, almost 20,000 Jewish refugees fled to Shanghai. A remarkable collection of the letters, diary entries, poems, and short stories composed by these refugees in the years after they landed in China, Voices from Shanghai fills a gap in our historical understanding of what happened to so many Jews who were forced to board the first ship bound for anywhere. Once they arrived, the refugees learned to navigate the various languages, belief systems, and ethnic traditions they encountered in an already booming international city, and faced challenges within their own community based on disparities in socioeconomic status, levels of religious observance, urban or rural origin, and philosophical differences. Recovered from archives, private collections, and now-defunct newspapers, these fascinating accounts make their English-languge debut in this volume. A rich new take on Holocaust literature, Voices from Shanghai reveals how refugees attempted to pursue a life of creativity despite the hardships of exile.

Shanghai Refuge

  • Filename: shanghai-refuge.
  • ISBN: 0803223684
  • Release Date: 1993
  • Number of pages: 191
  • Author: Ernest G. Heppner
  • Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

The unlikely refuge of Shanghai, the only city in the world that did not require a visa, was buffeted by the struggle between European imperialism, Japanese aggression, and Chinese nationalism. Ernest G. Heppner's compelling testimony is a brilliant account of this little-known haven. ø Although Heppner was a member of a privileged middle-class Jewish family, he suffered from the constant anti-Semitic undercurrent in his surroundings. The devastation of "Crystal Night" in November 1938, however, introduced a new level of Nazi horror and ended his comfortable world overnight. Heppner and his mother used the family's resources to escape to Shanghai. ø Heppner was taken aback by experiences on the ocean liner that transported the refugees to Shanghai: he was embarrassed and confounded when Egyptian Jews offered worn clothing to the Jewish passengers, he resented the edicts against Jewish passengers disembarking in any ports on the way, and he was unprepared for the poverty and cultural dislocation of the great city of Shanghai. Nevertheless, Heppner was self-reliant, energetic, and clever, and his story of finding niches for his skills that enabled him to survive in a precarious fashion is a tribute to human endurance. ø In 1945, after the liberation of China, Heppner found a responsible position with the American forces there. He and his wife, whom he had met and married in the ghetto, arrived in the United States in 1947 with only eleven dollars but boundless hope and energy. ø Heppner's account of the Shanghai ghetto is as vivid to him now as it was then. His admiration for his new country and his later success in business do not, however, obscure for him the shameful failure of the Allies to furnish a refuge for Jews before, during, and after the war.

  • Filename: .
  • ISBN: 7508507509
  • Release Date: 2005
  • Number of pages: 241
  • Author: 潘光
  • Publisher: 五洲传播出版社


The Tragedy of Liberation

  • Filename: the-tragedy-of-liberation.
  • ISBN: 9781408837597
  • Release Date: 2013-08-29
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: Frank Dikötter
  • Publisher: A&C Black

In 1949 Mao Zedong hoisted the red flag over Beijing's Forbidden City. Instead of liberating the country, the communists destroyed the old order and replaced it with a repressive system that would dominate every aspect of Chinese life. In an epic of revolution and violence which draws on newly opened party archives, interviews and memoirs, Frank Dikötter interweaves the stories of millions of ordinary people with the brutal politics of Mao's court. A gripping account of how people from all walks of life were caught up in a tragedy that sent at least five million civilians to their deaths.

New York

  • Filename: new-york.
  • ISBN: 9783110951349
  • Release Date: 2005-01-01
  • Number of pages: 509
  • Author: Horst Weber
  • Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

The Encyclopaedia of Judaism

  • Filename: the-encyclopaedia-of-judaism.
  • ISBN: 9004122222
  • Release Date: 2003
  • Number of pages: 2029
  • Author: Jacob Neusner
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Pub

"The Encyclopaedia of Judaism provides a full and reliable account of Judaism, beginning in ancient Israelite times and extending to our own day. About Judaism, the religion, its diverse history, literature, beliefs past and present, observances and practices, and place in the context of society and culture, this is what we know. All principal topics required for the systematic description of Judaism as a religion the world view, way of life, theory of the social entity constituted by the faithful are addressed here. "The Encyclopaedia of Judaism provides a definitive account of contemporary Judaism and a reliable picture of a tradition of nearly four thousand years. A full and detailed index provides ready-reference for facts, and the systematic articles set forth highly readable accounts of the entire range of Judaic systems of belief and behavior put forth over time and in our own time. It is written for people from all backgrounds, scholars and general readers alike. When the editors completed the initial three volumes of "The Encyclopaedia of Judaism, they found satisfaction in having covered the more than one hundred topics. But they also realized that many other important topics remained to be set forth in a systematic way. This led to new inquiries into the history, practices, and theology of the religion, Judaism. Specialists in all these fields were found and the result is more than ninety new studies, of which the first thirty-two are in the present volume. Supplement Two is anticipated for 2003, and Supplement Three, for 2004. Published by Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden & Continuum, New York. Please note that this title is available to customers in North Americaexclusively through Continuum, New York ( "From the contents of Supplement One: Aggadah in the Halakhah Ancient Judaisms-Modern Syntheses Astrology and Magic in Medieval Jewish Thought Biology and the Law of Judaism China, Practice of Judaism in Cloning Codification of Jewish Law-Medieval Codification of Jewish Law-Modern Conversos in Medieval Spain Dialectics in Judaism Disabilities, Judaism and Diseases in Jewish Sources Ecology in Ancient Judaism Election of Israel Ethiopia, Judaism in Genetic Engineering God, Image of Greece, Practice of Judaism in Josephus, Biblical Figures in Judaism, the Second Half of the Twentieth Century Karaite Judaism Khazars and Judaism Mishnah, Analogical-Contrastive Reasoning in Morocco, Practice of Judaism in Phenomenology of Judaism Rabbinic Judaism, Social Teaching of Rabbinic Literature, Logics of Sermons in Medieval and Early Modern Judaism Superstition in Judaism Surrogate Motherhood Tradition in Judaism Women in the Judaism of the Dual Torah

The Shanghai Alleyway House

  • Filename: the-shanghai-alleyway-house.
  • ISBN: 9780415640718
  • Release Date: 2013
  • Number of pages: 183
  • Author: Gregory Bracken
  • Publisher: Routledge

As a nineteenth-century commercial development, the alleyway house was a hybrid of the traditional Chinese courtyard house and the Western terraced one. Unique to Shanghai, the alleyway house was a space where the blurring of the boundaries of public and private life created a vibrant social community. In recent years however, the city's rapid redevelopment has meant that the alleyway house is being destroyed, and this book seeks to understand it in terms of the lifestyle it engendered for those who called it home, whilst also looking to the future of the alleyway house. Based on groundwork research, this book examines the Shanghai alleyway house in light of the complex history of the city, especially during the colonial era. It also explores the history of urban form (and governance) in China in order to question how the Eastern and Western traditions combined in Shanghai to produce a unique and dynamic housing typology. Construction techniques and different alleyway house sub-genres are also examined, as is the way of life they engendered, including some of the side-effects of alleyway house life, such as the literature it inspired, both foreign and local, as well as the portrayal of life in the laneways as seen in films set in the city. The book ends by posing the question: what next for the alleyway house? Does it even have a future, and if so, what lies ahead for this rapidly vanishing typology? This interdisciplinary book will be welcomed by students and scholars of Chinese studies, architecture and urban development, as well as history and literature.

The Jews of China V 1 Historical and Comparative Perspectives

  • Filename: the-jews-of-china-v-1-historical-and-comparative-perspectives.
  • ISBN: 9781317456056
  • Release Date: 2015-02-24
  • Number of pages: 388
  • Author: Jonathan Goldstein
  • Publisher: Routledge

This interdisciplinary study examines patterns of migration, acculturation, assimilation and economic activity of successive waves of Jewish arrivals in China from approximately AD 1100 to 1949.

Encyclopedia of Diasporas

  • Filename: encyclopedia-of-diasporas.
  • ISBN: 9780306483219
  • Release Date: 2005-05-30
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Melvin Ember
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

Immigration is a topic that is as important among anthropologists as it is the general public. Almost every culture has experienced adaptation and assimilation when immigrating to a new country and culture; usually leaving for what is perceived as a "better life". Not only does this diaspora change the country of adoption, but also the country of origin. Many large nations in the world have absorbed, and continue to absorb, large numbers of immigrants. The foreseeable future will see a continuation of large-scale immigration, as many countries experience civil war and secessionist pressures. Currently, there is no reference work that describes the impact upon the immigrants and the immigrant societies relevant to the world's cultures and provides an overview of important topics in the world's diasporas. The encyclopedia consists of two volumes covering three main sections: Diaspora Overviews covers over 20 ethnic groups that have experienced voluntary or forced immigration. These essays discuss the history behind the social, economic, and political reasons for leaving the original countries, and the cultures in the new places;Topics discusses the impact and assimilation that the immigrant cultures experience in their adopted cultures, including the arts they bring, the struggles they face, and some of the cities that are in the forefront of receiving immigrant cultures;Diaspora Communities include over 60 portraits of specific diaspora communities. Each portrait follows a standard outline to facilitate comparisons. TheEncyclopedia of Diasporas can be used both to gain a general understanding of immigration and immigrants, and to find out about particular cultures, topics and communities. It will prove of great value to researchers and students, curriculum developers, teachers, and government officials. It brings together the disciplines of anthropology, social studies, political studies, international studies, and immigrant and immigration studies.

Shanghai Shadows

  • Filename: shanghai-shadows.
  • ISBN: 9781504013659
  • Release Date: 2015-07-21
  • Number of pages: 285
  • Author: Lois Ruby
  • Publisher: Open Road Media

A young girl fleeing Hitler takes refuge in Shanghai, where she learns that she must fight to survive Throughout tomboy Ilse’s childhood, her mother has tried to force her to behave like a proper Austrian lady. But when Hitler annexes their country, the family flees, boarding a packed freighter and sailing around the world in search of a safe harbor. The United States refuses to take them, so they proceed to China and make a new home in steamy, mysterious Shanghai. Their lodgings are cramped, money is tight, and Ilse’s father cannot find work—but Ilse is enchanted by the city’s international flavor. In Shanghai’s shadows she finds the adventure of a lifetime. When the Japanese occupy the city, Ilse and her brother begin working in an underground resistance cell. Each day, the city grows more dangerous, and Ilse must lie, cheat, and steal in order for her family to eat. She is a long way from Austria, but she will do whatever it takes to survive.

Born Stateless

  • Filename: born-stateless.
  • ISBN: 9781449006808
  • Release Date: 2009-09-30
  • Number of pages: 260
  • Author: Kon Balin as told to Arlene Balin
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse

“Born Stateless” is a book of memories crisp in detail and depth of feeling. Konstantin Balabushkin’s young life in Japan bridged the two worlds of east and west with apparent ease. His safe and sheltered childhood vanished with the eruption of Second World War while he attended college in Shanghai waiting for his visa to study in the United States. He and other stateless people, including Russian nobles with whom he lived, became trapped in history with no way out. The war, the defeat and reinvention of Japan and the reinvention of Konstantin Balabushkin, as Kon Balin, bring to the reader a first hand account of suffering and survival. It is a young man’s tale, a very lucky young man, who lived through a time that profoundly changed the world.

Flight and Rescue

  • Filename: flight-and-rescue.
  • ISBN: STANFORD:36105073507209
  • Release Date: 2001
  • Number of pages: 218
  • Author:
  • Publisher: Holocaust Publications

The "Sugihara Rescue" of 2,100 Jews in 1940 is detailed here, retracing the unlikely humanitarian alliance between the Netherlands and Japan and the subsequent trans-Siberian journey that saved this fortunate group of Jews.

My China

  • Filename: my-china.
  • ISBN: 9652291714
  • Release Date: 1998
  • Number of pages: 243
  • Author: Yaʼacov Liberman
  • Publisher: Gefen Publishing House Ltd

To escape anti-Semitism in revolutionary Russia, Jews fled to any safe haven they could find, including the remote Chinese cities of Harbin, Shanghai and Tientsin. Like Israel's early pioneers, China s Jews created their own schools, hospitals and culture.

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