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Spring 2009 Exhibit

Shanghai’s Two Faces: Cosmopolitanism and Glocalization

Shanghai's Two Faces

The Libraries’ spring exhibit, “Shanghai’s Two Faces: Cosmopolitanism and Glocalization,” depicts Shanghai’s transformation from a fishing and market town into a major global commerce and finance center.

Through a visual display of UCI holdings in various formats, the exhibit will portray two key time frames in Shanghai’s history: as a free treaty port from the late 19th century to the early 20th century and as an open economic development zone from the late 20th century to the present. The exhibit will also highlight how local and global influences have shaped Shanghai’s successful evolution into the “Pearl of the East.”

The opening event featured a talk by UCI History Professor Jeffrey Wasserstrom, an expert on contemporary social, cultural and political issues relating to China, who has traveled to, taught, and written about the country for more than 20 years. Shanghai’s Two Faces was curated by Ying Zhang, Research Librarian for Asian Studies and a former college teacher in Shanghai.

April 2009 - October 2009 | checklist (pdf)