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To get to the heart of a city, you need a good pair of shoes. Charles Baudelaire used the term `flâneur’ to describe someone who walks through the city to experience it. And nothing beats being shown around by those who have been walking the streets themselves for a while. Let the Shanghai Flaneurs take you on a walk-and-talk experience! As a community service SHANGHAI FLANEUR offers open walkshops on weekends for individuals, a novel format to explore urban space, involving short lectures, walks to key locations and discussions with our experts.
To join a open walkshop or register for the newsletter, kindly send a message to Ms. Chu, Yan at ychu(at)shanghai-flaneur.com or call us @ +86 1381 892 2040 for short notice inquires.
Should you prefer privacy or have a special occasion to celebrate, we also offer all topics as private walks to individuals and families. To arrange a private walk please contact Ms. Chu, Yan at ychu(at)shanghai-flaneur.com.

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Sur les traces de Joseph Xie: comprendre l’ancienne concession française

Pour cette deuxième flânerie sur la concession française de Shanghai pendant les années 1930, Rémi Mazourine propose de suivre les traces d’un policier chinois francophile dont les allégeances furent multiples et complexes. Qu’on en juge: Joseph Shieh (Xue Gengxin) fut un patriote chinois, mais il fut aussi un agent zélé du colonialisme français. Il fit sa carrière dans la police, mais il était un membre actif de la Bande Verte; Il fut un authentique résistant chinois pendant la guerre, mais il collabora aussi avec des occupants japonais; il passa vingt ans dans les prisons de Mao, mais il finit sa vie comme cadre honoré du parti communiste. Au-delà de tout cela, il fut pendant près de dix ans, le « premier flic de Shanghai » et ses mémoires, écrites en français avec Marie Holzman, permettent de mieux comprendre ce que fut cette ville hors du commun avant la prise du pouvoir des communistes.
C’est donc le livre à la main que Rémi Mazourine nous propose un nouveau voyage à travers l’ancienne concession française. Au programme: mafia, police, guerre, trahison, meurtres et bien sûr, Shanghai ou plutôt « Changhai », qui reste le fil directeur de cette flânerie ou l’Histoire semble se mêler avec le roman noir.

Expert: Rémi Mazourine est professeur d’Histoire-Géographie au Lycée Français de Shanghai. Fasciné par la ville de Shanghai, Rémi se passionne tout autant pour la grande que les petites histoires. Outre ses lectures, il passe ainsi de nombreuses heures à fouiller dans les archives et bibliothèques à la recherche de vieux documents et photos. Résidant à Shanghai depuis 9 ans, Rémi continue à explorer les recoins de l’ancienne Concession Française. Plus que tout, il aime partager sa passion en racontant des histoires.

Date & Duration: Saturday, Nov. 25., 10:00 – 13:00
Cost: RMB 300 p.p., RMB 250 2nd p., RMB 250 p.p. for group above 3, RMB 180 students
Meeting point: Bridge 8 on Middle Jianguo Road 10 (near South Chongqing Road) (Chinese address: 建国中路10号,8号桥一期)

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Discovering Shanghai in the 1930s with JG Ballard

James Graham Ballard, known as ‘JG’ Ballard, was a famous English science fiction novelist, born and raised in Shanghai in the 1930s.His semi-autobiographic novel, the ‘Empire of the Sun’, is an account of his experience during the Japanese occupation and the second world war. Steven Spielberg made the well-known adaptation of it on screen. At the end of his life, Ballard wrote his memoirs in a book called “Miracles of Life”.
This new flanerie will take you for a stroll around lanes and yards, with his book in hand, in order to understand old Shanghai before and during WWII. We will follow Ballard to the places where he spent his childhood, was arrested by the Japanese army with his family, imprisoned in the Longhua internment camp and forced to work in the Longhua military airport.

Expert: Rémi Mazourine teaches history and geography at the Lycée Français in Shanghai. He is as passionate about the history of nations as the more humble stories of places and people. Living in Shanghai for 9 years now, he actively pursues his passion through exploring the nooks and crannies of the city and spending time in archives and libraries digging out old documents and pictures.

Date & Duration: Saturday, Dec. 9., 13:00 – 16:00 (with possible extra until 17:30)
Cost: RMB 300 p.p., RMB 250 2nd p., RMB 250 p.p. for group above 3, RMB 180 students
Meeting point: at the corner of Xinhua Road Panyu Road (Metro: Jiaotong University, line 10/11) (Chinese address: 新华路番禺路路口,地铁10/11号线交通大学)

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