In 1942 Shanghai was a melting pot. The Chinese city, then occupied by the Japanese, had populations of British, French, Russians, German nationals and Jewish refugees all mixing in the same circles. It was a time of huge shortages and great fear, but one woman, a British-educated, young Christian Japanese woman, made it sound an overwhelming positive experience.
Drawing on family memories and extensive historical research, her daughter, Keiko Itoh, sets out to find out why in her debut novel, My Shanghai, 1942-46. Join Itoh for a thoroughly researched, personal talk on her discoveries as wartorn Shanghai is brought to life.
A former press officer at the World Bank, Keiko Itoh has a PhD in history from the LSE (on the Japanese community in London in the 1920s & 1930s of which her family were part).
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