Once upon A Time in Shanghai: A Jewish Woman's Journey through the 20th Century China

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About the Author: Rena Krasno was born in Shanghai, China, in 1923 and lived there until 1949. Her parents, stateless Russian Jews from Siberia, arrived in China in the early 2oth century. In her professional life, Krasno worked as a simultaneous freelance interpreter for international organizations in Europe and Asia. Krasno has lectured at Stanford University, U.C.L.A., U.C. Berkeley, the Commonwealth Club, and other well-known institutions in America, Asia, and Europe. She is currently Public Affairs Officer of the Sino-Judaic Institute in Menlo Park, California, as well as a member of the Editorial Committee of their publication, Points East. Krasno was featured in several documentaries including the Chinese one (Sanctuary Shanghai. Chen Yifei, 1999). Nine of Rena's books have been published, including Floating Lanterns and Golden Shrines (Pacific View Press, Berkeley, a winner of 2002 Benjamin Franklin Publishers Award). Three of her published books have been translated into Chinese.
"It is hard to express the joy that overwhelmed me. Back home to Shanghai? At the same time my heart was gripped with apprehension. My parents had passed away, all my friends were gone and Shanghai must have become a totally different city. As we were about to land, I trembled with excitement but the moment my feet touched the earth, I knew I was at home."
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Beginnings
Chapter 2 Early Childhood
Chapter 5 Tea Time
Chapter 4 Walking to School
Chapter 5 Pidgin English
Chapter 6 Tailors
Chapter 7 Broadcasting
Chapter 8 Blue Caps
Chapter 9 Money, Bank and a Tycoon
Chapter 10 The Triumph of Jesse Owens
Chapter 11 Expatriate Households--Life in Paradise
Chapter 12 Bloody Saturday
Chapter 13 Christmas 1939
Chapter 14 Abbot Chao-Kung and His Hatred
Chapter 15 The Portuguese Colony and Father Robert Jacquinot de Besange
Chapter 16 Albert Einstein's Visit to Shanghai
Chapter 17 The Shanghai Volunteer Corps and Boy Scouts
Chapter 18 December 8, 1941
Chapter 19 City of Refuge
Chapter 20 Jack Riley
Chapter 21 U.S. Bombing
Chapter 22 Pacific War Unwinding
Chapter 23 Japanese Internment Camps
Chapter 24 U.S. Forces Arrive
Chapter 25 Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
Chapter 26 Deterioration, Disturbance
Chapter 27 United Nations Information Center
Conclusion Departure and Return
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