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Gypsies of Old Shanghai – Recovering the Roma of Frenchtown

Posted: August 26th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

I’ve worked for some time trying to find traces of the old Roma community of Shanghai. The Roma of Shanghai in the first half of the twentieth century are a significantly under-researched community, not falling easily into any official classifications and also suffering the prejudices and discrimination common to the Roma in our own time too. However, there was a thriving Roma community in old Shanghai that was engaged in business and the entertainment industry and while we may not have as much information on them as we do on other groups of Shanghailanders they are no less important in understanding the total ethnic make up of the city, its International Settlement and French Concession.

Anyway, if the history of the Roma in Shanghai interest you then this small publication (for an equally small price) may be of interest to you….It’s available on and

Gypsies of Shanghai cover

One Comment on “Gypsies of Old Shanghai – Recovering the Roma of Frenchtown”

  1. 1 Fred said at 7:51 pm on March 9th, 2017:

    Retire las pilas si no va a emplear los audífonos durante un periodo largo.

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