“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
— Mark Twain

The Great Shanghai Butchery

Posted: March 20th, 2021 | 1 Comment »

This ad is from the mid-1930s and featured in the magazine of the Fourth Marines in Shanghai, Walla Walla. The Great Shanghai Butchery was on the Avenue Joffre in Frenchtown (Huai Hai Middle Road) and obviously thought those red meat eating Leathernecks were prime (pardon the pun) customers for steak….

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Mark Kitto’s One Man Show About the Boxers – Norwich Fringe Festival – 20/3/21

Posted: March 20th, 2021 | No Comments »

18:00 – 18:50 (55 mins) LIVE
CHINESE BOXING
Mark Kitto (Fakenham)

A one-man show about China and the West, ‘Chinese Boxing’ is inspired by the siege of the diplomatic quarter of Peking in 1900 during the Boxer Uprising, an epic clash between China and the West that echoes across the century. Will China and the West ever understand each other?
In 1912 Sir Claude MacDonald, Her Majesty’s former Minister Plenipotentiary to Peking, who was present during the siege and commanded the defence, gives an illustrated talk to the Norwich Asiatic Society. He promises ‘to take you back to Peking in 1900’. You might even find yourself in the Forbidden City while the battle rages outside.
14+, use of swearing.

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Sing High, Phoenix, 1974

Posted: March 18th, 2021 | No Comments »

I rather like the elabortaness of North American Chinese restaurtant ads. I also like that many Chinese restaurants were also cocktail lounges – not somethijng that ever really caught on in England (a process not helped by draconian licensing laws). Sing High in Phoenix, Arizona looks like quite the place in 1974….

Sing High is still in business, and has been since 1928 apparently. Though now at a different address. There’s an article about the history of the restaurant and the family that have run it for several generations here.

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Parasols in the 1980s…

Posted: March 17th, 2021 | No Comments »

Another of my occasional posts featuring parasols (for more just put ‘parasol’ in the search engine). This from afamily portrait in 1987 from Jiaozuo City in Henan Province, taken (i believe) by Sun Qiran….

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RAS Beijing – 24/3/21 – Mar.24, BASF in China: the First 130 Years – Jörg Wuttke

Posted: March 16th, 2021 | No Comments »

BASF in China: the First 130 Years”
an RASBJ in-person talk by Jörg Wuttke, followed by QA


WHAT: “BASF in China: the First 130 Years”, an RASBJ in-person talk by Jörg Wuttke
WHEN: Wednesday March 24th 7.00 – 8.00 pm  Beijing Standard Time
WHERE: The German Embassy, 17 Dongzhimenwai Dajie.

In 1885, BASF established an organization in Shanghai to boost the sales of its products, especially aniline dyes. But this business model had to be adapted to the Chinese market; while French, British, North American and German textile processors needed large batches of BASF dyes, the users in agrarian China were more likely to buy in small volumes. Getting the merchandise from Ludwigshafen to low-volume consumers in remote and hard-to-reach places, was quite laborious. Yet, by 1913, China represented 14% of the global sales of BASF.
In his thought-provoking presentation on over a century of his firm’s involvement in China, BASF China Chief Representative and EU Chamber of Commerce in China President Joerg Wuttke relies on first-hand research, an intimate knowledge of the past and present of the Chinese market and a breath-taking collection of contemporary photographs, marketing materials and documents.

Jörg Wuttke is Vice President and Chief Representative of BASF China, based in Beijing. Since joining BASF in 1997, Mr. Wuttke has been responsible for helping guide the company’s investment strategies for China, negotiation of large projects and government relations. He is the president of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China. He is vice chairman of the CPCIF International Cooperation Committee, a group representing multinational companies in China’s chemical association, and member of the Advisory Board of the Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin. Since 2013, he has been one of four Advisors to the Royal Asiatic Society Beijing.

HOW MUCH: This event is free and exclusively for members of RASBJ.  If you know someone who wants to join the RASBJ in order to attend this talk, please ask them to sign up via our website at https://rasbj.org/membership/ at least 48 hours before the event.
 
HOW TO REGISTER: Please email your full name and ID number to: events@rasbj.org at least 48 hours before the event. On the day of the event, please arrive at the Embassy at 6.30 pm, and remember to bring a photo ID for the security check.

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Another Paramount Refurbishment

Posted: March 15th, 2021 | No Comments »

It appears the Paramount (where, among many other things Nellie Farren once hogged the spotlight and Dapper Joe choreographed the line – see my City of Devils) is to get another makeover (about the fifth in fifteen years i reckon). This time from the force of nature that is Xin Jing. The story from The Economist here

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Woosung at Sunset, 1914

Posted: March 14th, 2021 | No Comments »

NIce to put a photo to a photographer. This portrait of Woosung (Wusong, the port 14 miles from downtown Shanghai) at sunset is from 1914 and appeared in Country Life. It was sent in by KL Murray of Shanghai (Murray worked for the Asiatic Petroleum Company in the Settlement). It appeared in the May 23 1914 edition of the magazine…

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Donald Mennie in Country Life 1922

Posted: March 12th, 2021 | No Comments »

A number of the famous Scottish photographer in China, Donald Mennie, that apeared in Country Life in 1922….

Hatamen Street I think (Chongwenmen)
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