Vol. 16 (2009)

Demon Capital Shanghai: The “Modern” Experience of Japanese Intellectuals - Chapter 1: Samurai in Shanghai

Joshua A. Fogel
York University


In this chapter, Liu Jianhui explores the Shanghai experiences of delegations of Japanese samurai dispatched from 1858-1868, including their fascination with Western institutions, commercial practices, and the impact of the Western presence upon the existing Chinese “walled city” beyond the Concessions. Liu argues that the experiences and time spent by shogunal officials and samurai in Shanghai represent an important and formative part of the Japanese encounter with modernity and the West.