Archive for April 22nd, 2010

22
Apr
10

Miscellany #1

I try to keep public service announcements on this blog to a minimum, so please bear with me.

– University of Southern California’s “US-China Today” has published my essay on the impact of the Shanghai Expo on the city’s residents and features a slideshow of my work. You can find it here.

– I’ve also created a “Published Work” page where I will slowly put up links of my work.

– And finally, sincere thanks to all who have commented and written me directly. It constantly humbles me that people take the time to read and offer feedback, it’s greatly appreciated and highly encouraging.

22
Apr
10

Retrospect: No longer their city

I received a text message recently I thought note worthy.

It was from this old man in his 60s who was living in Hongkou, a site along Haimen Lu (海门路) I had visited since September 2009. I had documented the process of the longtang’s demise, as its footprint faded from live houses, to a half-demolished mess and finally, unrecognizable flat land.

The old man had wrtten, “New house is nice but far from Shanghai. Life is different. Take care, young miss.”

From the beginning, he was reluctant to share with me where he was moving to although I knew some of his neighbors had scattered to Pudong and Baoshan. He had no interest in a follow up but was pleased with the portrait I had given him.

The photo above was taken in September 2009 in the same neighborhood, of his neighbor, of the midget-like man who lived in a self-built house made of rubble and scrap.

When I asked him if he was going to relocate, he merely said, “Sure. I have to find another space. Any space. At the end of the day, this is not my city.”

September 2009




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