Vol. 16 (2009)

Demon Capital Shanghai: The “Modern” Experience of Japanese Intellectuals - Chapter 4: Meiji Men Stirred by “Romance” (Part 1)

Joshua A. Fogel
York University


In this section of his work, Liu Jianhui discusses how the image of Shanghai in the imagination of Japanese underwent a rapid decline as Japan modernized in the Meiji period. After demonstrating that many "modern" institutions emerged in both China and Japan at roughly the same time, he focuses on three forms of Shanghai entertainment associated with its "demonic" designation: tea houses, brothels, and opium parlors.