Pacific Rim Lecture Series Event: Shanghai Nightlife in Two Ages of Globalization

Partying from the Paramount to Park 97: Shanghai Nightlife in Two Ages of Globalization

A Lecture by Andrew Field

June 24, 2004, Thursday
Temple University, Japan Campus, Azabu Hall 302 (access)
Free and open to public, advance reservations are not required.

Two nightclubs in Shanghai epitomized the "high life" and encapsulated the zeitgeist of their respective eras: the Paramount Ballroom of the 1930s, and Park 97 opened in 1997. This talk examines the design, decor, patronage, and clubbing experience in these two venues in the context of the emergence and development of a modern, western-style nightlife industry that promoted internationalism in the city through music, sociability, and dancing. One theme of this talk is that clubs are contested spaces, where different nationalities and social groups display, negotiate, and contest their status in the colonial and post-colonial city.

Andrew Field is an inveterate nightlife junky, with experience working and playing in clubs and bars in New York, Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai, Sydney, Sapporo, and Tokyo. He is also the author of a dissertation and forthcoming book on the history of nightlife in Shanghai during the interwar era, when gangsters and molls paraded on the dance floors of Asia's most notorious city. He serves as Lecturer in the School of History at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, where he teaches the gamut of Chinese history as well as a popular course on the global history of nightlife.

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