Last Days of Old Beijing Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed

ISBN-10: 0802717500
ISBN-13: 9780802717504
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Authors: Michael Meyer
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List price: $20.00
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication date: 5/26/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.682

A fascinating, intimate portrait of Beijing through the lens of its oldest neighborhood, facing destruction as the city, and China, relentlessly modernizes.Soon we will be able to say about old Beijing that what emperors, warlords, Japanese invaders, and Communist planners couldn't eradicate, the market economy has. Weaving historical vignettes of Beijing and China over a thousand years Michael Meyer captures the city's deep past as he illuminates its present, and especially the destruction of its ancient neighborhoods and the eradication of a way of life that has epitomized China's capital. With an insider's insight,The Last Days of Old Beijingis an invaluable witness to history, bringing into shining focus the ebb and flow of life in old Beijing at this pivotal moment.

Michael Meyer first went to China in 1995 with the Peace Corps. The winner of a Lowell Thomas Award for travel writing, Meyer has also won a Whiting Writers' Award for nonfiction and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His stories have appeared in the New York Times, Time, Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated, Slate, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune. He is the author of The Last Days of Old Beijing, which became a bestseller in China, and he divides his time between Pittsburgh and Singapore.

Maps
Through the Front Gate
Becoming Teacher Plumblossom
Mocky & Me
"Say Farewell to Dangerous Housing"
Wintertime
A Brief History of Part One: Traces of Pre-Beijing
The Evening News
High Times in Happiness City
Preserving a Sense of Place
Springtime
A Brief History of Part Two: The Rise and Fall of Imperial Beijing
The Unslumming Slum
Saving the Old Street
A Summer of Recycling
Past Tense vs. Future Tense
A Brief History of Part Three: The Modernization of Republican Beijing
Miss Zhu Remembers the Trees
"If Someone Is Sick and You Do Not Aid Him, It Is Your Fault, Not His"
The Widow's Story
A Brief History of Part Four: The Industrialization of Maoist Beijing
Echo Wall
Epilogue New Beijing, New Olympics
Acknowledgments
Appendix: Gazetteer
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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