The last days of old Beijing : life in the backstreets of a city transformed / Michael Meyer.

A fascinating, intimate portrait of Beijing through the lens of its oldest neighborhood, Dazhalan. Meyer examines how the bonds that hold the neighborhood together are being torn by forced evictions as century-old houses and ways of life are increasingly destroyed to make way for shopping malls, the...

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Main Author: Meyer, Michael, 1972-
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:New York : Walker & Company, 2008.
Edition:First U.S. edition.
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Summary:A fascinating, intimate portrait of Beijing through the lens of its oldest neighborhood, Dazhalan. Meyer examines how the bonds that hold the neighborhood together are being torn by forced evictions as century-old houses and ways of life are increasingly destroyed to make way for shopping malls, the capital's first Wal-Mart, high-rise buildings, and widened streets for cars replacing bicycles. Beijing has gone through this cycle many times, as Meyer reveals, but never with the kind of dislocation and overturning of its storied culture now occurring as the city prepares to host the 2008 Summer Olympics--From publisher description.
Physical Description:vii, 355 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages [331]-339) and index.
ISBN:0802716520
9780802716521
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