A guide to local favorites in Hongkou District
- By Lisa Movius
- Photos by Yue Wu
Japan took control of central Shanghai’s northernmost Hongkou area in 1932 after the first battle of Shanghai, and its disinterest in Chinese domestic politics made it a refuge for leftist writers and intellectuals at risk of execution by the Kuomintang national government. Though most of the area has undergone a regrettable mall-ification in the past decade, the main historic sites are well protected. At the far southeastern end of Hongkou, by the Tilanqiao Prison, is where 40,000 stateless Jewish refugees built a wartime community they dubbed Little Vienna.
Meet Lisa Movius
Lisa has lived in Shanghai since 1998, working as a journalist covering art and culture around Asia but with occasional side gigs working at rock club Mao Livehouse and teaching college journalism. She misses the open-water swimming of her native California but plunges into as many of Shanghai’s pools and murky lakes as she can.
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