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He Wen's grandparents sold imported goods in the 1920s, and the collection of items has remained with his family. Photos by Yu Ran / Shanghai Star






Many people wish they could experience the style and sophistication of old Shanghai, now they can, with art critic He Wen using his family heirlooms to evoke a bygone era in a new cafe. Yu Ran reports.

He Wen has turned the old villa where his gr ...

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>Many people wish they could experience the style and sophistication of old Shanghai<

Indeed, they also wish to experience the starvation of homeless workers who'd walk Shanghai's streets until late at night, and then sleep on the roadside or in flimsy shelters made up of discarded boxes long the river banks. When winter arrived, wheelbarrows would do the rounds, collecting frozen dead bodies and dumped them somewhere else. Those were great times, when average life expectancies were around 25 years, and foreigners ruled much of Shanghai. Not to mention parks with signs warning "dogs and Chinese not allowed." My father didn't suffer like the majority of Chinese simply because he came from a capitalist family: because of his college education and wushu prowess (he was from the Shanghai Jinwumen or Chinese martial arts center) he was offered a commission in the Kuomintang army where there were still people - despite May 4 - who smoked opium while under the military services. Currently there's continuous propaganda to glamorize the most disgraceful years of China, when the nation was the Sick Man of Asia and under the boots of imperialists, including the Japanese army. This would not have been possible if the CPC is a responsible party and ensure that the mass media is not used by traitors and foreign proxies to re-write history.

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