Chinese Metropolis

Chinese Metropolis

Shanghai in Comparative Perspective

(Shanghai Studies)

Fall 2013

Staff of the Course:

Course Coordinator

Prof. Yu Hai, Department of Sociology, Fudan University


Telephone: (M) 13321859728; (H) 65304777; (O) 55665380

Office: Rm. 929 in Arts and Literature Building (Wenke Building)




Qingyi Wang, Department of Sociology, Fudan University


Telephone: (M) 1590091649


Course Description:

Shanghai is one of the most powerful cities in China, in East Asia, and in the World. Its global stature is evident from the powerful architecture – a mix of cutting-edge contemporary designs and grand Western-style edifices dating from the 19th and 20th centuries. At the same time, it is distinctly Chinese and yet occupies a unique place with challenges and issues arising from its position as the financial lead in China’s rapid economic development.

Shanghai took shape after China was forced to open itself to the outside world in the second half of the 19th century, amidst the clash between, and interaction of, Oriental and Western cultures. Its history taken into consideration, there is no doubt that Shanghai presents an excellent case study of Western influence on Chinese cities in their modernization process and their adaptation and creation of local cultures in the past 170 years.

To researchers, Shanghai may best display the interaction of such elements as geography, economy, humanism and society. As the economic center of China, Shanghai's transition from planned economy to market economy is also worthy of further study. Many people are also impressed with the diversity of cultures that have left their imprints on Shanghai over the past 170 years, such as the Western colonial culture, the revolutionary culture (Shanghai is the founding place of the Communist Party of China), the city's own civic culture and the modern pop culture. Together they have molded the city's culture and made it a natural ground for metropolitan cultural study. The ability to assess critically current and future development mechanisms from a comparative perspective is essential in our increasingly interdependent global world.

This course combines theory with first-hand exposure to and research about Shanghai. The class will address seven different themes that touch on past and especially on contemporary Shanghai from both a local and global perspective. A highlight of the course will be a week-long field trip in the fall term to Taipei and in the spring term to Hong Kong. These two cities rival Shanghai as major economic and financial centers in East Asia, both with strong Chinese cultures and histories of foreign influence. They will allow for challenging and insightful comparisons to Shanghai.

Course Objective:

The aim of the course is to provide students with Shanghai discourse and facilitate their personal experience in the city. Students will use their own first-hand observations, coupled with broad-based readings in a range of social science areas, to reach their own understanding about Shanghai and the rapid pace of China’s modernization.

Empirical experience is highly valued throughout the course. By fieldwork as well as observation, students will see the city through their own eyes. The reflection over first-hand empirical experience will be included in the assignments, the end-of-term presentation and the final paper. Students are expected to engage critically with their empirical experiences by making comparisons between Shanghai and other cities, by looking into the cultural or institutional background of their observation, etc.

Course Contents:

Seven themes will be explored :

l  History of Shanghai:  from a cosmopolis to an eldest son of socialist China (1840s -1980s)

l  Renaissance of Shanghai: China’s future global city as a state strategy (1990s -2010)

l  Urban planning and urban social space

l  Contemporary religious beliefs and practice

l  Education:  systems and policies

l   Finance and  trade

l   Aspects of Shanghai Studies


Course Organization:

Guest lectures and seminar discussions, combined with site visits and independent explorations in small groups.

First-hand experience is highly valued throughout the course. It will be reflected in the fieldwork, assignments, group presentation and final paper.

Course Evaluation:

The assignments are based on the City as Text learning strategies, through mapping, observing, listening and reflecting, combining lectures, readings and fieldwork.

1) Attendance and class participation – 10%

Attendance to lectures and fieldtrips is required for all students. Please inform Qingyi(TA) in advance if you want to ask for a leave with an eligible excuse.

2) Group fieldwork and end-of-term presentation – 20%

Group fieldwork: students’ groups (of three to four) follow the lecture and group-work instructions in order to meet the fieldwork requirements.

Group presentation: one presentation is arranged at the end of the semester. It is supposed to last 10 minutes (8 minutes for presentation with Powerpoint, 2 minutes for Q&A) and is meant to share the observation and analysis of the group. First-hand empirical experience, critical thinking, reflection and arguments are expected.

More specifically, the end-of-term presentation is meant to be based on one specific theme among the following: religion, education, trade and finance, urban planning and development. The presentation will also have to be comparative in nature. (Example: If you've picked education as your presentation theme, you ought to examine how what you have been learning and researching with regards to education plays out in the context of Shanghai on the one hand, and in the context of a second city on the other.)

As a presentation is a group effort, grades for presentations (as opposed as grades for papers) are collective: each member of a group will have the same grade as his or her group co-members.

3) Short papers – 30%

Students will write two four-to-five page assignments about Shanghai on the basis of their own observation, critical thinking and reflection during the field trips.

One of the two papers will be entitled “Shanghai Impressions”.

For their other short paper, students have to choose one theme among those studied during the semester, namely: religion ; education; trade and finance; urban planning and urban development.

4) Term Paper – 30%     

Students will choose one of the themes covered in the course and write a ten-page term paper that combines primary and secondary research in order to compare and contrast some aspect of this theme in Shanghai with the social reality in Taipei, or other cities they are familiar with.

Students from the IES group who have been to Taipei on field trip have to choose Taipei as their point of comparison with Shanghai, while the other students who have not travelled to Taipei may pick another city. The theme chosen for the term paper does not have to be the same as the one chosen by the student group for end-of-term presentation.

5) Picture-taking – 10%

Out of the many pictures you may take during your stay in Shanghai, please pick ten of them and explain how they illustrate what the most impressive things in Shanghai are. Write at least fifty words of explication below each picture. Please include the pictures in a Word file or PDF file.

You may choose any scenes, people or aspects of city life. But you will have to set out in writing:

1. Why you choose these pictures.

2. (If you are an foreign student) What kind of difference or common points between Shanghai and your home city can be noticed in the picture.

3. (If you are a Chinese student) what aspect of city life does this picture remind you of?

4. Any pictures you provide as the assignment must be taken by yourself. The pictures from other resources would be taken as plagiarism ones.


A note on referencing in your paper assignments and on the “p” word:

Be careful always to indicate your sources properly in your short papers and in the term paper. Whether you are quoting the exact words of an author, whether there is a relevant fact or notion you wish to emphasize, or whether your own thinking has been inspired by that of someone else, always insert references in your assignments. This applies to scholarly works (journal articles and academic books), to official reports, to newspaper articles and to any internet-based source. You may either choose a Harvard-style referencing with names and dates in brackets in the text and a full reference list at the end of your paper, or footnotes containing all the necessary information about your sources. The important point is to be rigorous and consistent throughout.

Similarly, if you are in fact translating or adapting a source in another language than English (say a Chinese source), make sure to indicate it.

If you fail to do this, you may run the risk of being accused of plagiarism, which is viewed as a serious offence. Any instance of plagiarism, however limited in scope, and whether willful or due to sloppy reference work, will invalidate the paper and be met with a strict sanction.


A note on printing out your paper assignments:

Unless otherwise stated, all paper assignments have to be handed in hard copy on the due date.

In case you do not have your own printer, on the Fudan campus there are many small printing shops that will print or photocopy anything for five or even one jiao a page. Just bring your USB drive to one of these shops. To print in Chinese is da3yin4 (打印). You can easily spot these shops on the streets, they have signs saying 复印 (fu4yin4: to photocopy) or 打印. They also have fax machines (传真 chuan2zhen1: to fax) and scanners (扫描 sao3miao2: to scan).

Reading Materials:

You can download the reading materials at:



Week 1

Date & time: September 12th   15:25-18:00

Classroom: H6107 ( The sixth teaching building)


Orientation and First lecture by Prof. Yu Hai and TA Qingyi Wang

Fieldwork instructions

Questions and discussion


Lecture 1: Yu Hai

History of Shanghai:  from a cosmologist to an eldest son of socialist China (1840s – 1980s)

Required Readings

Y.M.Yeung and Sung Yun-wing (editors): Shanghai: Transformation and Modernization under China’s Open Policy, Chapter 19, “The Shanghai Model in Historical Perspective”, pp494-518, 24pages, The Chinese University of Hongkong Press, 1996

Yu Hai: A City Established From a Sense of Civics, in Beijing Review, July 19, 2007, p25

Yu Hai and Yan Fei: A Story of Shanghai Space: From Mao to Deng

Bian Yanjie: “Chinese social stratification and social mobility”, Annual Review of Sociology, 2002,28: 91-116 , 25pages



Other: Division in small groups

During this session, the class will be divided into small groups. Each group will have three to four students. These groups will serve the purpose of organizing the fieldwork observation session in Shanghai and they will also be the basis for the end-of-term presentation.

Other: Work out a trail after class

We will do the first field trip the following class (on September 26th). After the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, students will break off into small groups, each with an assignment to explore a specific section of Shanghai (see below).

Each Group must hand in its trail in advance. You can either choose one of the trails suggested (see below) or you can make up one by yourselves. Your trail is due on September 19th. Please send it to


Week 2

Vacation of the Mid-Autumn Festival: September 19th

Week 3

Date: September 26th  (Thursday)

Gathering time and place: 1:00pm at the Fudan East Gate (on Guoding Road)



Visit Shanghai Planning Exhibition Hall and observe modern Shanghai

Small group visits: Observe modern life in Shanghai

After the Shanghai Exhibition Hall, students will break off into small groups, each with an assignment to explore a specific section of Shanghai. Students will each explore their assigned section of the city, closely observing architectural details, patterns of traffic, and other aspects of life.

Contemporary Shanghai is a palace of art and culture, with museums, art galleries and other typical places for cultural activities. Besides, a colorful night life is also one of the city’s characteristics. The small groups are required to choose one or more trails to mega shopping malls, bar street, etc. See below for suggestions of trails.

Instructions for observation

1. The most important thing is the details and the sentimental aspects of the city’s landscape.

2. Pay attention to people’s activities, clothing, and expressions; try to figure out some features of the city by watching what people are doing.

3. Pay attention to the architecture and the landscapes; reflect on the characteristics of city life and culture on the basis of the architectural features you observe.

4. Always use a comparative state of mind while watching shanghai, compare it to your own city.

5. It bears repeating: Pay attention to the details. After which you should sum up your detailed observations along thematic lines, such as education, economy, customs, social behavior and so on.

This field activity will also serve as one possible basis for your “Shanghai Impressions” assignment, due in Week 11.

Trail A Trail B Trail C
People’s Square People’s Square People’s Square
Walk towards


Raffle’s City


Nanjing Road

Metro line 2 (Towards Songhong Rd.) Jing’an Temple Station


Jing’an Park,

Jiuguang Mall

Metro Line 1(Towards Xinzhuang)


Xu Jia Hui

Shopping Center


Metro line 1 (towards Xinzhuang) South Huang Pi Rd. Station


Xin Tian Di/ Taiping Qiao

Changle Rd./Xinle Rd.

Walk towards


West Nanjing Rd.,

Tongren Rd. (Bars street )


Walk towards


Hengshan Rd.

Bars and Clubs

Bus 537


Back to Fudan

No. 21 Bus – from Jing’an Temple to Luxun Park


Transfer to No. 991/139/854 Bus – from Luxun Park to Fudan University

Metro Line 1 (towards Shanghai railway station)


Bus No.942

Back to Fudan


Reference trails:

People’s Square–The Bund – Walking – Yu Garden (Zhonghua Rd., Fangbang Rd., Luxiangyuan Rd.)

People’s Square—North Sichuan Rd. –Shanyin Rd.—Duolun Rd.

People’s Square—South Shanxi Rd.( The Bridle Villa)– Jinxian Rd. – Middle Fuxing Rd. – Anfu Rd. – Wukang Rd. – Hunan Rd. – Huashan Rd. – West Huaihai Rd. – Xinhua Rd.

People’s Square—Huaihai Rd.(Shikumen: Meilanfang梅兰坊, Yuqingli余庆里, Huaihaifang淮海坊, Yuyangli渔阳里,etc)—Sinan Rd.—Shaoxing Rd.—Yongjia Rd.–MiddleFuxing Rd.


Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center (Chinese: 上海城市规划展览馆; Pinyin: Shànghǎi Chéngshì Guīhuà Zhǎnlǎn Guǎn) is located on People's Square, adjacent to the municipal government building. The Exhibition Center is a six-story building, with two basement levels, displaying the achievements of Shanghai's urban planning and development.urban


People's Square used to be the gathering plaza for political activities in the planned-economy era. It has become the political and cultural center in Shanghai since 1994, when it was rebuilt.people


The Bund is well-known for its glorious financial-center history and the remaining colonial-style architecture since the late 19th century. Though the appearance of these colonial buildings has not been greatly altered, their owners and functions have been changed with history. Some haved turned into state-owned properties and were rented out to financial and international businessese, while others were rebuilt into fashion cosmopolitan places.bund

Yu Garden was built during the Ming Dynasty as a private garden of an official. It was used as the headquarter of Xiaodaohui, which was the rebell group that fought against the government of the Qing Dynasty. Now it has become a famous tourist sight of Shanghai with a large souvenir market nearby.

The historical blocks in Shanghai are located in the city center, including Shikumen and old-style garden houses. Most of them are located in Xujiahui, Changning, Luwan, Jing’an districts, and were erected during the concession time. Especially Shikumen石库门 is now regarded as a remarkable architectural heritage of Shanghai. It is a typical residence for local people, built along narrow alleys, with a stone-framed gate and a wooden front door.blocks

Xintiandi is a pedestrian shopping, eating and entertainment zone of Shanghai. It is composed of an area of reconstituted traditional shikumen ("stone gate") houses on narrow alleys, some adjoining houses which now serve as book stores, cafés and restaurants, and shopping malls. Most of the cafés and restaurants feature both indoor and outdoor seating. Xintiandi has an active nightlife on weekdays as well as weekends, though romantic settings are more common than loud music and dance places. Xintiandi means "New Heaven and Earth", and is considered one of the foremost lifestyle centers in China. Xintiandi is near the site of the First Conference of the Communist Party of China.xintiandi

Week 4

National Holiday

Week 5

Date & time: October 10th  15:25-18:00

Classroom: H6107 ( The sixth teaching building)


Lecture 2: Yu Hai

Renaissance of Shanghai: China’s future global city as a state strategy (1990s – today)


Required Readings

Tingwei Zhang: “Striving to be a global city from below :The Restructuring of Shanghai’s urban Districts” in Xiangming Chen, Shanghai Rising, 2009

Fulong Wu: “Globalizaiton, Place Promotion and Urban Development in Shanghai”, Journal of Urban Affairs.

Optional Readings

Shahid Yusuf and Weiping Wu : “Pathways to a world city”, Urban Studies, 2002

Francis Fukuyama: “Democracy in America has less than ever to teach China”

Francis Fukuyama: “China shapes the future with the past”


Week 6

Date & time: October 17th  15:25-17:05

Classroom: H6107 ( The sixth teaching building)


Lecture 3: Hu Anning

Culture and religion


Required Readings

Bays, Daniel H. 2003.Chinese Protestant Christianity Today.China Quarterly 174: 488-504.

Bruun, Ole. 1996. The Fengshui Resurgence in China: Conflicting Cosmologies between State and Peasantry. The China Journal36: 47-65.

Dean, Kenneth. 2003. Local Communal Religion in Contemporary South-East China. The China Quarterly174: 338-358.

Fan, Lizhu. 2003.Popular Religion in Contemporary China. Social Compass 50: 449-457.

Potter, Pitman B. 2003. Belief in Control: Regulation of Religion in China. China Quarterly 174: 317-337.

Smith, Steve A. 2006. Local Cadres Confront the Supernatural: The Politics of Holy Water in the PRC, 1949-1966. The China Quarterly 188: 999-1022.

Tsai, Lily L. 2007. Solidary Groups, Informal Accountability, and Local Public Goods Provision in Rural China.The American Political Science Review 101(2): 355-372

Yang, Fenggang. 2005. Lost in the Market, Saved at McDonald’s:Conversion to Christianity in Urban China. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion44:423–441.


Extra Lecture (Optional)

Date & time: October 18th  13:30-15:10

Classroom:H6107 (the sixth teaching building)

Lecture: Corinne Richeux Hua on Stepping Stone Program and Voluntary Organization in Shanghai, founding director of Stepping Stone

Week 7

Date: October 24th

Gathering time and place: 1:30pm at the Fudan East Gate (on Guoding Road)


Visit a religious site

Group visit: Jade Buddha Temple or San Guan Tang


Other recommended off-class observation of religious activity:

Students can visit local churches and temples of different religions after class


Suggested sites:

Buddhism: Jing’an Temple, Jade Buddha Temple,

Christianity: She Shan Church, Hudong Church, Church of St. Peter

Taoism: Baiyun Guan, Chenghuang Temple

Muslim: Huxi Mosque

Confucianism: Wen Temple

Judaism: Ohel Moishe Synagogue, The Jews’ Union


Itinerary A:

Fudan University – No.537 Bus – from Wuchuan Rd.,/Zhengli Rd., Guoding Rd. to Laoximen – Wen Temple– No.24 Bus – from East Fuxing Rd., Laoximen to Xikang Rd., Changshou Rd. -Jade Buddha Temple– No.24 or 138 Bus – from Xikang Rd. Changshou Rd. to Changshou Xincun-Huxi Mosque– No. 830 Bus – from Changshou Rd., Changde Rd. to Hengshan Rd., Middle Fuxing Rd. – Shanghai Community Church– Walking – Xinhui Tang– Subway Line 1 – from South Shanxi Rd. to The People’s Square –Transfer- No. 537 Bus – from The People’s Square to Wuchuan Rd. – Fudan University ( the North Gate)

Itinerary B:

Fudan Universtiy –No.100 Bus – from Jiangwan to Tanggu Rd., Wusong Rd.- Church of St. Peter, Hongkou District– No.848 Bus – from Jiangwan to Tanggu Rd., Wusong Rd. -Jingxing Rd. Mosque – No.960 Bus – from Xuchang Rd., Longjiang Rd. to Fudan University – Fudan University (the Front Gate)

Itinerary C:

Fudan University – No.842 Bus –from Wujiaochang to Tianqiao Rd. – Ohel Moishe Synagogue– No.857 Bus – from Tilanqiao Rd. to Tangshan Rd. –The Jews’ Union – No.857 Bus – from Tangshan Rd. to Huoshan Rd. – Huoshan Park – No.842 Bus – from Tilanqiao to Wujiaochang – Fudan Universtiy


Assignment instructions for the short paper on religion (four to five pages):

In this short paper, you are required to address a topic about Chinese religion. You can choose one from the following list, or you can focus on a topic of your interest.

The commercialization of religion

The relationship between religions, cooperation and conflict

A comparative research into the similarities and differences between Chinese religion and religion(s) in your own country

The social functions of religion or related spiritual activities (such as fortune-telling) in contemporary China


Is folk religion a type of religion?

Other topics you may think interesting


This is a short paper and literature review is not necessary. However, if you are genuinely curious about some topic, you are encouraged to read some previous studies.

You may take advantage of the field trip to a religious site and perform some interviews or participant observation.

Please keep in mind that this short paper should not just present what you think. Besides your ideas, comments, or contentions, you should back up your arguments with evidence. Typical types of evidence include your personal experience in China, your observations, your interviews, the reports in newspapers, internet resources, etc.

General evaluation:

In this short paper, evaluation will be based on (1) the organization of your argument; (2) the presentation of your pieces of evidence; and (3) the logical connection between them. It is an open-topic paper, so enjoy it!


Week 8

Date & time: October 31st15:25-17:05

Classroom: H6107 (the sixth teaching building)

Lecture 4: Ding Yan

Education in Shanghai

Required readings

Emily Hanum, Jere Behrman, Meiyan Wang and Jihong Liu: “Education in the Reform Era” in Brandt, L. and Brawski, T. B. (eds), China’s great economic transformation, 2008.

John Biggs and Catherine Tang, Teaching for quality learning at university, 1999 (read chapters 1 to 6).

Week 9

Date: November 3rd __ November 9th 

Workshop in Tai Pei (IES students only)

Week 10

Date: November 14th

Gathering time and place: 1:30pm at the Fudan East Gate (on Guoding Road)



Group visit to a Yu Cai High School, a municipal key high school (上海育才中学)


Please pay attention to the performance of the students during their class time.

Observe the teachers’ teaching methods, as well as the interaction between the teachers and the students.

Keep an eye on the environment of the school and the facilities, and on what kind of pictures and words are posted around the school grounds; think about what kinds of issues they reflect.

Try to compare with your own high school.

Engage in direct communication with the students as much as possible.

Hand in your written assignment (four to five pages) about “Religion”if you have chosen this topic.


Date: November 15th

Gathering time and place: 1:00pm at the Fudan East Gate (on Guoding Road)



Group visit to Yangshan Deep Water Port and Lingang New City


Week 11

Date & time: November 21th     15:25-18:00

Classroom: H6107 (the sixth teaching building)


Lecture 5: Xiaozu Wang

Trade and finance: Aspects of the Chinese and Shanghainese political economy


Required Readings

Brandt, L. and Brawski, T. B., “China’s great economic transformation”, in Brandt, L. and Brawski, T. B. (eds), China’s great economic transformation, 2008.

Wu Fulong, “Globalization, the changing state, and local governance in Shanghai”, in Chen Xiangming (ed), Shanghai Rising: State power and local transformation in a global megacity, 2009.

Fewsmith, J., “Debating ‘the China model’”, China Leadership Monitor, 2011

Optional Readings

Allen, F. et al, “China’s financial system: Past, present and future”, ”, in Brandt, L. and Brawski, T. B. (eds), China’s great economic transformation, 2008.

Dickson, B., “Integrating wealth and power in China: The Communist Party’s embrace of the private sector”, China Quarterly, 2007.

Li Shi and Zhao Renwei, “Market reform and the widening of the income gap”, Social Sciences in China, 2011.

Wang Shaoguang, “Steadfastly maintain our direction and explore new roads: Sixty years of socialist practice in China”, Social Sciences in China, 2010.

Lin Li-wen and Milhaupt, C. J., “We are the (national) champions: Understanding the mechanisms of state capitalism in China”, Columbia University School of Law Working Paper, 2011.

Huang Yasheng, Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics, chapter IV, “ What is Wrong with Shanghai”, 2008.


Assignment instructions for the short paper on trade and finance (four to five pages):

The point of this short paper is to address Chinese and Shanghainese economic development generally, through a combination of a personal perspective and of cogent arguments to justify that perspective. There is no precise question so student are free to select any aspect of China's experience of economic development which you know best or find the most illuminating.

For instance, students who have had first-hand experience of a Chinese business environment might want to highlight some of the practices  observed, and to show what these might reveal about the Chinese economy more generally. On the other hand, students who have not had proper opportunites for relevant observation in that domain can focus more on the academic readings, and come up with a personal point of view on that basis.

In any case, all students are strongly encouraged to engage with the academic literature on political economy in the syllabus. The point is not to replicate the contents of the readings, but to develop one’s own perspective on Chinese development.


Week 12

Date & time: November 28th     15:25-18:00

Classroom: H6107 (the sixth teaching building)


Lecture 6: Yu Hai

Urban planning and urban social space


Required Readings

Yu Hai: “The Production of Space and the Distribution of Right-of-way”

Yu Hai: “Becoming a Chinese Cosmopolitan Place: Tianzifang Beyond the Global-local Duality”

Yunxiang Yan: “Of hamburger and social space: Consuming McDonalds in Beijing”, in The Consumer Revolution in Urban China, edited by Deborah S. Davis

Chi-Huang Wang: “Taipei as a Global City: A Theoretical and Empirical Examination”, Urban Studies, 2003

Optional Readings

James Farrer: “Shanghai Bars, patchwork globalization and flexible cosmopolitanism in reform-era urban-leisure”, Chinese Sociology and Anthropology, 2010

Hanchao Lu: “Nostalgia for the Future: The Resurgence of an Alienated Culture in China”,  Pacific Affairs, Vol. 75, No. 2 (Summer, 2002), pp. 169-186

Xuefei Ren: “Forward the Past: Historical Preservation in Globalizing Shanghai”

Yaming Bao: “Shanghai Weekly:Globalization, consumerism, and Shanghai popular culture”, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Volume 9, Number 4, 2008

Wang Xiaoming: “Under the sky of Shanghai”

Tianshu Pan: “Communal memory, Spatializing Strategy, and neighborhood gentrification in Post-reform Shanghai”


Hand in your written assignment (four to five pages) about “Education”if you have chosen this topic.


Optional activity: Dinner at Yu Hai’s family, November 28th

Prof. Yu’s address and how to get there:

Xiangyin Rd, Alley 500, No. 40, Apartment 502, in Yangpu District

Or in Chinese: 杨浦区 翔殷路500弄40号502室, 莱茵半岛苑

Transportation: take bus 59 from the Fudan station and get off at Shagang Rd Station (沙岗路站), four stops.


Week 13

Date & time: December 5h          15:25-18:00

Classroom: H6107( the sixth teaching building)


Lecture 7: Yu Hai

Aspects of Shanghai Studies


Required readings

Yu Hai: Urban Renovation in Shanghai’s Inner-City in Social-Spatial Perspective

Yu Hai: The Shanghainese People and The Identity of City of Shanghai

Albert Wing Tai Wai. Place promotion and iconography in Shanghai’s Xintiandi. Habitat International, 2006, 30: 245~260

Shenjing He: State Sponsored Gentrification under Market Transition: the case of Shanghai, Urban Affairs Review, November 2007, 171-198



Assignment instructions: write a 4-5 page paper on urban planning and development:

Although you did not have the chance to participate yourselves in the process of city planning in Shanghai, your knowledge on prior planning efforts, as well as your own direct encounter with current large-scale urban transformation and construction, should provide you with a wealth of usable material for the short paper. Working on the assignment, you should remember to draw on your own fieldwork observations and investigations, as well as on academic readings on theories of urban planning and social space.
Specifically, the short paper should offer a combined reflection on the three following issues:
1) What are the criteria that define a “livable city” (or high quality-of-life city)? In your opinion, can Shanghai be seen as a livable city, or is it only a business-oriented city?
2) As you know, Shanghai’s city centre has undergone dramatic changes in the past twenty years. Have you noticed any interesting new spaces in the city? In so far as “social space” may be defined as being convenient for citizens, as favouring social exchanges, and as promoting communities’ welfare, have you been able to observe any space in Shanghai living up to this definition? If you did, share your story in the paper.

3) Overall, after having engaged in observation research in Shanghai, is there any personal perception, reflection or proposition that you wish to put forward?

Hand in your written assignment (four to five pages) about “trade and finance”if you have chosen this topic.


Hand in the Shanghai Impressions assignment.

Assignment instructions: Write a four-to-five page paper outlining your Shanghai impressions on the basis the lectures, readings and observations. You may perceive Shanghai as reflecting a confluence of East and West, of nostalgia and modernity.

Your argument and reflections over the following issues will be highly valued in the assignment:

What is happening in Shanghai? How does Shanghai manifest itself under your gaze?

What is the institutional, cultural background of your Shanghai impression?

Try to make a comparison, to propose an argument, or to question the strength and weaknesses of your empirical experiences.

Work this week

Students can either choose to read relevant material and work on their final paper or divide into small groups to do the recommended off-class activity.


Recommended off-class Shanghai observation activity

During the process of the remaking of Shanghai, there are many stakeholders. The municipal government intends to improve urban accessibility and produce a new developed area to achieve the goal of becoming the economic, trading, financial, and shopping center of the country. Local governments want their profile to compete with other districts. And all the investors and developers have their own economic interests. Many transportation and public spaces (such as public greens) were built following such interests, but most of the ordinary people may not have the opportunity to participate in the construction process. They are the real dwellers in the newly built-up areas and public spaces, yet they can be resettled against their will in outer areas as a result of infrastructure construction. What is more, the new spaces have produced new social networks and interactions.


Line A (public transportation) Line B (public green/ park) Line C (creative places)
Fudan Uni. Fudan Uni. Fudan Uni.
Bus 539 to Metro Line 8


Xiangyin Station to People’s Square

Bus 102 towards Nenjiang Rd.


Gongqing Forest Park

No.854 Bus to Liyang Rd. – 1933 Old Millfun
Metro Line 1 to Shanghai railway station Metro Line 8 towards Yaohua Rd.


Huangxing Park

Metro Line 4(Hai Lun Rd.)


To Shanghai Railway Station

M 50

Suhe Art Center

Metro Line 3 to Zhongshan Park Metro Line 8 towards People’s Square


People’s Park

Yanzhong Public Green

Metro Line 1(Xin Zha Rd. station) to South Huangpi Rd.


Transfer to No. 933(from Huaihai Rd. to Jiangguo Rd.)

Tian Zi Fang

the 8th Bridge

Shangjie Loft

Metro Line 2 to Shiji Avenue Metro Line 2 towards Zhangjiang


Lujiazui Central Green

Bus No.933 back to Fudan


The transportation trail: Observe the flow of population and the environmental surroundings.

The public green trail: Observe the composition of visitors and their activities. Compare the differences among locations, you will find that some of the parks or public greens are converted private-owned gardens, while some are reconstructed from old residential settlements. Now, they are used for entertainment, social interaction and physical exercise by ordinary people.

The creative industry trail: Observe the process of urbanization and CBD renovation. Since the beginnings of the Reform Era, the structure of industry has changed a lot from the heavy industry to service and consumption industry. As a result, there are many abandoned factories in the central area of the city. Instead of demolishing the warehouses and factories, the local governments and developers have rebuilt them into gathering places for creative industries such as art, design, etc.

Send the picture assignment to Qingyi via email.


Week 14

Date & time:December 12th       15:25-18:00

Classroom: H6017 ( the sixth teaching building)


Final presentations

The group presentation has to be based on one specific theme among the following: religion, education, trade and finance, urban planning and development. This presentation will also have to be comparative in nature. (Example: If you've picked education as your presentation theme, you ought to examine how what you've been learning and researching with regards to education plays out in the context of Shanghai on the one hand, and in the context of a second city on the other.)


Hand in your final paper (guidelines in the “Course Evaluation” section above), and your short paper on “urban planning and development” if you have chosen this topi



Week Date Session Faculty members
Week 1 September 12th Orientation, fieldwork instructions, question and discussion, small group division.


Lecture 1: History of Shanghai

Prof. Yu Hai 于海


Qingyi Wangr

Week 2 September 19th Vacation of Mid-Autumn Festival         /
Week 3 September 26th Fieldwork: visit Shanghai Urban Exhibition Hall and observe modern Shanghai Qingyi Wang
Week 4 October 1st-7th National Holiday      /
Week 5 October 10th Lecture 2: Renaissance of Shanghai Prof. Yu Hai 于海


Qingyi Wang

Week 6 October 17th Lecture 3: Culture and religion


*Short paper: Choose one topic among “religion”, “education”, “trade and finance”, and “urban planning and development”

Hu Anning 胡安宁


Qingyi Wang

October 18th Extra Lecture(optional): Stepping Stone Program and Voluntary Organization in Shanghai Corinne
Week 7 October 25th  


Fieldwork: visit a religious site


Hu Anning 胡安宁


Qingyi Wang

Week 8 October 31th Lecture 4: Education in Shanghai



Ding Yan 丁妍


Qingyi Wang

Week 9 November 3thto November 9th Workshop in Tai Pei (IES students only) Prof. Yu Hai 于海
Week 10



November 14th Fieldwork: visit to a municipal key high school


Hand in short paper on “religion”

Prof. Yu Hai 于海


Qingyi Wang

November 15th Fieldwork: visit Yangshan Deep-Water Port and Lingang New City Prof. Yu Hai 于海


Qingyi Wang

Week 11 November 21th Lecture 5: Trade and finance Xiaozu Wang 王小卒Qingyi Wang
Week 12 November 28th Lecture 6: Urban planning and urban social space


Hand in short paper on “education”


Prof. Yu Hai 于海


Qingyi Wang

Week 13



December 5th Lecture 7: Aspects of Shanghai Studies


Hand in “Shanghai Impressions” assignment

Hand in short paper on “trade and finance”

Prof. Yu Hai 于海


Qingyi Wang

Reading week


Off-class Shanghai observation activity

Send the picture assignment to Qingyi via email

Qingyi Wang
Week 14 December 12th Final group presentations


Hand in the final term paper and the short paper on “urban planning and development”

Prof. Yu Hai 于海


Qingyi Wang



[1] The schedule is generally fixed but still liable to be modified due to unexpected reasons such as weather, important events, sudden change of the lecturer’s schedule and so on. However, every student will receive an email at least one week in advance to be informed of any such change.


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