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Watch this space! We have gathered a list of loquacious luminaries in Chinese culture and heritage who have agreed to guest blog on a wide range of fascinating topics here. Our roster includes Katya Knyazeva (Shanghai Old Town: Topography of a Phantom City), Hugues Martin (shanghailander.net), Tina Kanagaratnam (Historic Shanghai), and Heather Diamond (Rabbit in the Moon). Please come back regularly—we plan to post a new blog every month.

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How Heritage Shows Up in My Fiction

Though we haven’t met in person, Carol Van Den Hende and I have a shared experience that blends our Shanghainese heritage with an American upbringing and lifestyle.

Claire’s Posts

It’s a Great World After All

I came across a special letter that I received during the early days of my research for Remembering Shanghai regarding the Austrian-American filmmaker Josef von…

The Hong Kong of My Youth

Feeling especially nostalgic for the Hong Kong of my youth—if only to return to that age of hope and innocence (and parties).

Nostalgia is a Strange Thing

Nostalgia is a strange thing. Its Greek roots nostos (“return home”) and algos (“pain”) express a tender longing to go back to our origin, suggesting…

The Remembering Shanghai Walking Tour

The Da Vinci Code Walking Tour in Paris may have started the book walk trend, but history buffs in Shanghai have enthusiastically taken it up,…

American Club Then and Now

Hong Kong’s American Club has always held a special place in the heart of my family—not only when my brothers and I were kids in…

IPPY Awards

As I might prefer to stay in that dark comfy cave where I spent 10 enjoyable years writing Remembering Shanghai, when I’m blessed with third-party…

MOCA Talk

Back in NYC for #2 nephew Garrett’s graduation from Trinity high school. Hard to believe that we’ve come full circle after launching Remembering Shanghai in…

An 18th and an 88th

March 2019 was doubly auspicious for the Chao clan, as we celebrated Isabel’s 88th, and her youngest grandson Garrett’s 18th birthdays. Our family gathered in…

Chinese New Year at da Shop

It was such an honor and delight to be part of the January Chinese New Year celebrations at da Shop, Honolulu’s fabulous independent bookshop, where…

RTHK (Radio Television Hong Kong)

RTHK (Radio Television Hong Kong) is home to our dear friend the legendary Uncle Ray Cordeiro, who was named by Guinness World Records as “the…

House Reconstruction

We have only one photo of Isabel’s childhood home, taken in the 1980s when the house was already fifty years old and in a state…

Isabel’s Childhood Home

We have no surviving photos of the Sun family’s Shanghai home as Isabel knew it. Though the 1930s structure still stands and has a fresh…

Guest Posts

How Heritage Shows Up in My Fiction

Though we haven’t met in person, Carol Van Den Hende and I have a shared experience that blends our Shanghainese heritage with an American upbringing…

Art Deco Sophisticate

I was delighted to find this article on Grosvenor House on the Shanghai Art Deco blog, brainchild of my friends Patrick Cranley and Tina Kanagaratnam,…

There’s a Chinese Saying for That

US Pacific-Northwest-born Heather Diamond’s self-described “rebellious streak and itchy feet” led to unusually diverse experiences, including her marriage into a big Hong Kong Chinese family.

Fall of the Bamboo Curtain

Hard to believe that Richard Nixon’s historic visit to China was 50 years ago, during the last week of February 1972. Hard to believe because,…

My Mother’s Secrets

To say that I admire Helen Zia is an understatement. In addition to being an award-winning writer, she has worn many diverse hats, ranging from…

From Arcadia to Airline Club

Katya Knyazeva, from Novosibirsk, Russia, is a historian and a journalist with a focus on urban form, heritage preservation and the Russian diaspora in Shanghai.

Blank Space

Yuli crossed my radar in early 2020, when the virus had hit Wuhan, and she was leading #GoWuhan, a social media awareness campaign calling for…

Cinemas in Old Shanghai

A behind-the-scenes look at the movies in Old Shanghai, by the legendary heritage advocate Tess Johnston.

Isabel’s Shanghai: Seven Decades On

Guest blogger Amy Sommers is the author of Rumors from Shanghai, her debut novel, which delves into World War II history in China.

Cycles from the Past

Dori Jones Yang was BusinessWeek’s Hong Kong bureau chief from 1982 to 1990, and recently penned a memoir of those years, When the Red Gates…

Remembering Hong Kong

We welcome the first of Remembering Shanghai’s periodic guest bloggers, Susan Blumberg-Kason, the author of Good Chinese Wife, co-editor of Hong Kong Noir and a…