A Scholar’s Recount Of The Tiananmen Incident 1989

The following is an eye-twinness account penned in 2009 by 彩云舒, a Beijing scholar. English translation by Fish, photos and captions also added by Fish.  In 1989, I briefly returned to Beijing for a research project that was jointly carried out by China’s Science Academy and an overseas company and had an opportunity to observe the whole process of the […]

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An Eye-Witness Account Of The Tiananmen Incident 1989

The following is a Chinese language post penned by 老气横秋 who participated and witnessed the Tiananmen Incident 1989 and its English translation. Photos and captions are added by Fish.  May 18, 1989, Beijing factory workers joined the anti-corruption movement taking place in the Tiananmen Square initiated by university students. The corrupted officials were mainly referring to Deng Pufang, Deng Xiaoping’s […]

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Trams In Shanghai

A tram in Shanghai during the 1920s. Early Days Of Shanghai Tram Once upon a time, there was a popular nursery song in Shanghai: There is an old uncle aged eighty plus eight, who took Tram Route 8 to Eight Immortals Bridge, bought eight bowls of Eight Treasures rice, which cost him eight yuans plus eighty-eight fens. 有个老伯伯年纪八十八,乘了八路电车到八仙桥,买了八碗八宝饭,一共用脱八块八角八。 Old uncle […]

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Ancient Water Town Qiandeng in Kunshan

Ancient water town Qiandeng (千灯) is located in Suzhou’s Kunshan, where Kunqu, the mother of all Chinese operas, was originated. The waterfront of most Chinese towns are traditionally allocated as public space. In Qiandeng, an eleborated pavilion is also erected in the form of a boat, which can be used for Kungqu opera performance. The main shopping street of Qiandeng […]

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Transformation of Shanghai in the Past 70 Years

Shanghai in 1955, an ordinary docker’s home. Shanghai in 1956, factory workers practising dragon dance. Shanghai in 1956, two ladies in makeup and Shanghai-style fashion gown. Shanghai in 1956, mothers and their kids looking themselves in distorting mirrors at The Great World, the biggest indoor entertainment venue in China. Shanghai in 1958, a shop selling table lamp & hanging lantern […]

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