Fellow Presentations

Political T’ai-chi at Work

Everyday Shanghai Under Maoism
Photo by Tony RinaldoPhoto by Tony Rinaldo

Part of the 2013–2014 Fellows Presentation Series


Hanchao Lu’s research project at Radcliffe looks at the pattern of state and society relations in the People’s Republic of China through the lens of everyday life in Shanghai during the first 30 years of Communist rule. He aims to address issues related to China’s largest city and beyond: How did ordinary people cope with the extraordinary changes brought by the revolution? To what extent did the city’s old cosmopolitanism survive? Does Shanghai’s stunning resurgence as a global megacity today represent a complete break with the Maoist “dark ages,” or does it have its roots there?