New Shanghai: The Rocky Rebirth of China's Legendary City

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Shanghai (China) -- Economic conditions. Shanghai (China) -- Social conditions -- 20th century. Shanghai (China) -- Economic conditions -- 20th century. 
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"Is China's once legendary city re-emerging as the New York of Asia? The Whore of the Orient? The stomping ground of China's artistic elite? A hotbed of high-tech innovation and entrepreneurship? The headquarters for multinationals in Asia? A tinderbox of political unrest as state-owned companies lay off workers by the hundreds of thousands?" "In this penetrating and timely account, journalist Pamela Yatsko addresses these questions and many others to tell the story of Shanghai's rebirth. New Shanghai's lively narrative captures key aspects of the city's comeback: The wild building spree-turned-glut of the 1990s, Shanghai's drive to reestablish itself as a financial juggernaut; its cultural reawakening; the growing divide between "haves" and "have-nots"; the return of fortune-hunting foreign business; efforts to reform state enterprises; and the revival of notorious Old Shanghai vices: nightlife, drugs, and prostitution. Yatsko takes us into the world of shady Chinese stock speculators, prosperous white-collar professionals, distraught laid-off workers, determined foreign businessmen, and alluring bar girls." "New Shanghai gives texture to the tumult that has rocked urban China in the 1990s. By painting a vivid yet realistic picture of Shanghai today, it helps readers understand the Shanghai and China of tomorrow."--Jacket.  
"An eyes-wide-open look at modern Shanghai, its past roots, as well as present achievements, hang-ups and shortcomings. Balanced, detailed, and carefully researched by a perceptive and expert journalist. New Shanghaiis essential background for any foreigner who needs to understand the challenges and opportunities of life and work in a China grappling with rapid change."--Nicholas Platt, President, Asia Society
"Pamela Yatsko is the best guide I can imaging to the New China emergingin the global information age. Seeing Shanghai through her sharp eyes is better than a personal tour, because she digs behind the scenes to find the meaning of the changes sweeping China, as well as the unfinished work still ahead for the cities shaping China's future. New Shanghai is insightful, illuminating, comprehensive and entertaining. This is a "must read" for anyoneinterested in doing business in China and througout Asia." - Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business Review, author of World Class

About the Author
Pamela Yatsko was the Far Eastern Economic Review's first Shanghai correspondent and bureau chief since the Chinese Communist Revolution in 1949. She lived in the city with her husband from 1995 to 1998 and continues to travel there frequently from their Hong Kong base. An American from Massachusetts, she received her Bachelor's Degree from Smith College in 1984 and her Master's Degree specializing in China Studies and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in 1988. Before joining the Review in 1994, she was the Managing Editor of Hong Kong-based Business China, an Economist Group publication, worked as a freelance journalist in India, and wrote case studies focusing on global strategic alliances for Harvard Business School. She studied Mandarin in the 1980s in Taiwan and in Nanjing, China.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Yatsko, Pamela.
New Shanghai.
New York : John Wiley, 2001
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Pamela Yatsko
ISBN: 0471843520 9780471843528 0471479152 9780471479154
OCLC Number: 44876834
Description: viii, 298 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : the allure of Shanghai --
Building the new Shanghai --
New York of Asia? --
The "haves" and the "have-nots" --
Search for a soul --
Return of the vices --
Return of the foreigners --
Made in Shanghai --
Conclusion : waiting for Shanghai. Far East Cruise.
Responsibility: Pamela Yatsko.  
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