Sharpening class distinctions contradict Shanghai’s promoted image

Shanghai bills itself as cosmopolitan, but the reality on the ground is uncomfortably similar to colonial-era Shanghai. Only a thin slice of the population – the slice that includes the foreigners – actually gets to enjoy the big events with their fancy venues and relatively steep ticket prices. The impressions reflected in A Better Life in New Shanghai? are similar to views I heard from local vendors in Tianjin regarding the Olympics.

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