eddie10: How to "kungfu" in the office? e.g. slip pass two conflicting meeting schedule, using the question of one boss against another boss, immobilise clients etc. etc. :) Those (and more) are probably more useful in the corporate world of Shanghai. ;)
chelseastone: I don't write anything "for" Americans, I just happen to BE American.
You're saying people from your home country don't ask you dumb questions about China? That Americans are dumber than citizens of other Western countries? I would be SHOCKED and APPALLED to hear such news!
dominicngai: I personally think the location (Xintiandi) is too prominent for a copycat... That space reportedly costs over 600K in rent per month. Also, I think a copycat would be more subtle. Using WP's full name on a sign is a ballsy move. But again, still waiting for confirmation.
eddie10: @antproof, check out the many movies (mostly from southern China's movie industries) to better understand what I am talking about.
The "golden" period mentioned in this article 1930s are the "lawless" period - triads (how big is Du's ears?), warlords, spies (think Imperial Japan's military intelligence, KMT's etc.) and counter-spies setting up for the global smackdown (i.e. 1940s and FatMan+LittleBoy etc.) that came afterwards.
In the greater scheme of "goldenness", I doubt "Shangai Grand" and other "1930s golden age) (staring Chow Yun-fatt, Sammo Hung, Andy Lau etc.) were based purely on fiction.
;) So, by that logic, would "lawlessness" (greed in whatever industry) be a pre-condition for "golden age" (by author's logic)? Would such golden ages (e.g. Wall St's sub-prime Mortgage Loan built-up pre-2008) always be an age of "lawlessness"?
antproof: eddie, what are you talking about? They aren't much like anything else, especially Wall St. By your "logic" it would be like saying Wall St is lawlessness with Chinese characteristics or some such jibberish.