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Shanghai’s Dancing World
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Drawing upon a unique and untapped reservoir of newspapers, magazines, novels, government documents, photographs and illustrations, this book traces the origin, pinnacle, and ultimate demise of a commercial dance industry in Shanghai between the end of the First World War and the early years of the People's Republic of China. Delving deep into the world of cabarets, nightclubs, and elite ballrooms that arose in the city in the 1920s and peaked in the 1930s, the book assesses how and why Chinese society incorporated and transformed this westernized world of leisure and entertainment to suit its own tastes and interests. Focusing on the jazz-age nightlife of the city in its "golden age," the book examines issues of colonialism and modernity, urban space, sociability and sexuality, and modern Chinese national identity formation in a tumultuous era of war and revolution.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgements
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. 1. From Grand Balls to Jazz Cabarets: Westerners and Jazz-Age Culture in Shanghai, 1919–1926
  2. pp. 19-52
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  1. 2. Turning Lazy Old Opium Smokers into Spry Jazz Maniacs: The Rise of Chinese Dance Madness and the First Chinese Cabarets, 1927–1931
  2. pp. 53-82
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  1. 3. Towers and Palaces: Ballroom Architecture and Interior Design, 1929–1936
  2. pp. 83-118
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  1. 4. Important Attractions: Cabaret Hostesses and the Popularization of Cabaret Culture in Chinese Society, 1932–1937
  2. pp. 119-152
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  1. 5. Improper Amusement: Chinese Patrons, Chinese Nationalist Politics, and Cabaret Culture, 1932–1937
  2. pp. 153-176
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  1. 6. Ballrooms and Bombs: Cabarets, Underground Intrigue, and Occupation Politics, 1937–1941
  2. pp. 177-206
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  1. 7. Regulations and Interventions: Cabarets under Japanese and Nationalist Occupation, 1942–1947
  2. pp. 207-232
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  1. 8. Resist to the End! The Nationalist Government’s Ban on Cabarets and the Dancers’ Uprising of 1948
  2. pp. 233-262
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  1. 9. Building a New Society: The Demise of Cabarets under the CCP, 1949–1954
  2. pp. 263-284
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 285-292
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  1. Appendix 1-4
  2. pp. 293-308
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 309-334
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 335-342
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 343-364
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