Xing Xiaofang: Being vigilant about good and bad in retro-culture in Shanghai

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As Shanghai’s economy has begun to take off, intellectuals and ordinary urban residents have taken to reminiscing about the past through retro-cultural performances. People are looking for a reference for the future. If people fail to understand this and rush to think that everything in the past is excellent, failing to spot the corruption and colonialism in the cultural prosperity of the “Old Shanghai” and instead rush to “recapture” the “Old Shanghai” and perhaps even dream of restoring “Old Shanghai”, this would be a great pity, not to mention the specious and unexpected ideas that are surfacing together with this trend towards retro-culture.

Original article: Wenhui News (Shanghai), 2004.02.08, 01

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