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Building 173 [electronic resource]: Remnants of a Vanishing Shanghai

An old building is a volume of human history - with every story containing countless stories. Building 173, a high-rise in downtown Shanghai, has witnessed tumultuous changes over three-quarters of a century. This film weaves together the intimate tales of many of the tower's residents, casting light on China's political and historical events from angles that are by turns poignant, amusing, and chilling. Characters include a British-American author, a Chinese business tycoon, a gangster, a Western-educated diplomat, an opera star, a member of the Red Guard, and the building's elevator operator. Although beautifully shot in live action, the film also includes low-key and strangely lyrical animation to reconstruct events.
Online
2008
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Shanghai Jews [electronic resource]: Refuge From Hitler's Germany

Jews wishing to escape persecution in Nazi Germany had limited choices as to where they might relocate. One city that would accept immigrants without a visa was Shanghai, where nearly 20,000 refugees eventually fled. Arriving there with nothing, most spent a hard, hungry, disease-ridden time in camps acclimating to their new environment, but the Jewish district in Shanghai eventually grew into a cosmopolitan center replete with Western-style bakeries, cafes, and newspapers. This program uses rare footage and primary documents to provide a history of Shanghai's Jewish community, with a focus on Jacob, one of the few refugees who stayed on after the war.
Online
2004
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Shanghai Bride

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How does the average man find a wife in materialistic Shanghai? There are two single males to every single female and the women are increasingly picky and middle-class. The effects of the one-child policy combined with a rapid revolution in China's values and lifestyles, have created increasingly selective middle- class Shanghai women. For working class men, finding a wife is a quest that requires money, time, and the strength to withstand countless disappointments. Wu is an electrician, earning 1,000 yuan (U.S.$125) per month. His ex-wife left him to find a wealthier man, and he has spent a large percentage of his income on dating agencies and newspaper classifieds in the hope of finding a nice woman to marry. Aileen is one of a growing number of professional, independent Shanghai w [...]
Online
2007
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Shanghai [electronic resource]: Space

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Soon more than 550 cities world wide will have a population of more than one million. In 2030 eighty percent of the world's population will live in cities. Megacities have traditionally been economic and political power centers but today the fastest growing cities are in developing nations.
Online
2011