Prostitution Culture in Shanghai As Reflected In Flowers of Shanghai

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Prostitution Culture in Shanghai As Reflected In Flowers of Shanghai
In the historical development of every city, there are a number of aspects that defines the
evolving social life, and none is strong than prostitution. Prostitution is synonymous with most
urban centers and it shows different facets along the historical continuum of urban development.
Prostitution is also a subject that is widely explored in fictional works, which underpins its
importance in social development of most civilizations. In Shanghai, one of the historical
metropolises in China, prostitution is widely explored in different works of literature. It was first
explored in an 1892 novel, “Flowers of Shanghai” by Han Bangqing, and in a 1998 Taiwanese
film “Flowers of Shanghai” by Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien. The two works delves into
the issue of prostitution in the 18 th century shanghai through the lens of flower girls. This study
analyzes how prostitution became an accepted way of life in Shanghai after it was introduced by
the rich merchants moving to shanghai, and how it changed over the years.

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From the novel “Flowers of Shanghai” , important aspects of prostitution in Shanghai can be deducted. First, prostitution is juxtaposed with arrival of western influence in Shanghai, which essentially means it was a foreign practice to a pure Confucian sexual practice based on family arrangement. In the novel, Bangqing emphasizes the newness of prostitution at the beginning by describing prostitution at a bridge where literally China ( hua)  meets the west ( yang) (Mc Mahon). Prostitution Culture in Shanghai As Reflected In Flowers of Shanghai.

3). The starting moment is when Shanghai links commerce with outside world. Since that moment, prostitution burgeoned and squanderers pour into Shanghai. This description announces the arrival of a new form of wastrel, who in the case is the foreign merchants to had excess money to spend on prostitutions. Apparently, the author is showing the root cause of prostitution. Prostitution Culture in Shanghai As Reflected In Flowers of Shanghai.

 

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Prostitution Culture in Shanghai As Reflected In Flowers of Shanghai
In the historical development of every city, there are a number of aspects that defines the
evolving social life, and none is strong than prostitution. Prostitution is synonymous with most
urban centers and it shows different facets along the historical continuum of urban development. Prostitution Culture in Shanghai As Reflected In Flowers of Shanghai.
Prostitution is also a subject that is widely explored in fictional works, which underpins its
importance in social development of most civilizations. In Shanghai, one of the historical
metropolises in China, prostitution is widely explored in different works of literature. It was first
explored in an 1892 novel, “Flowers of Shanghai” by Han Bangqing, and in a 1998 Taiwanese
film “Flowers of Shanghai” by Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien. The two works delves into
the issue of prostitution in the 18 th century shanghai through the lens of flower girls. This study
analyzes how prostitution became an accepted way of life in Shanghai after it was introduced by
the rich merchants moving to shanghai, and how it changed over the years………..

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