History UsefulNotes / Shanghai

4th Apr '16 12:33:46 AM GrammarNavi
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* ''The Corps'' series by Creator/WEBGriffin opens in 1940 Shanghai, where Corporal Kenneth McCoy and several other major characters are stationed with the 4th Marine Regiment, and spends several chapters there. The complexities, corruption, tensions and intrigues of the international city are extensively explored, with McCoy gaining his nickname [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "Killer"]] after defending himself with a knife from three drunk Italian soldiers, being cleared of charges by [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Captain Bruce Fairbairn]] of the Shanghai Municipal Police (who lost the knife to McCoy in a card game), and McCoy being reassigned to eavesdrop on the Japanese when he informs his superiors that his local girlfriend (or "sleeping dictionary") taught him the language [[TheOmniglot (among several others)]].

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* ''The Corps'' series by Creator/WEBGriffin opens in 1940 Shanghai, where Corporal Kenneth McCoy [=McCoy=] and several other major characters are stationed with the 4th Marine Regiment, and spends several chapters there. The complexities, corruption, tensions and intrigues of the international city are extensively explored, with McCoy [=McCoy=] gaining his nickname [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "Killer"]] after defending himself with a knife from three drunk Italian soldiers, being cleared of charges by [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Captain Bruce Fairbairn]] of the Shanghai Municipal Police (who lost the knife to McCoy [=McCoy=] in a card game), and McCoy [=McCoy=] being reassigned to eavesdrop on the Japanese when he informs his superiors that his local girlfriend (or "sleeping dictionary") taught him the language [[TheOmniglot (among several others)]].
3rd Apr '16 11:14:24 AM karstovich2
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This complicated political situation was a boon to the criminal underworld, Late-Imperial/[[UsefulNotes/NoMoreEmperors Early-Republican]] Shanghai was notorious as the playground of powerful triads. All manner of illegal activity thrived, most famously prostitution and opium smuggling. Shanghai was referred to as "the greatest brothel in the world" and "the Whore of the Orient", and a common joke among visiting missionaries was that "If God allows Shanghai to endure, He'll owe Sodom and Gomorrah an apology." When UsefulNotes/ChiangKaiShek [[UsefulNotes/NoMoreEmperors marched into the city in 1927]], the most powerful man in the city was crime Lord Du "Big Ears" Yuesheng, leader of the 'Green Gang'.

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This complicated political situation was a boon to the criminal underworld, Late-Imperial/[[UsefulNotes/NoMoreEmperors Early-Republican]] Shanghai was notorious as the playground of powerful triads.[[TheTriadsAndTheTongs triads]]. All manner of illegal activity thrived, most famously prostitution and opium smuggling. Shanghai was referred to as "the greatest brothel in the world" and "the Whore of the Orient", and a common joke among visiting missionaries was that "If God allows Shanghai to endure, He'll owe Sodom and Gomorrah an apology." When UsefulNotes/ChiangKaiShek [[UsefulNotes/NoMoreEmperors marched into the city in 1927]], the most powerful man in the city was crime Lord Du "Big Ears" Yuesheng, leader of the 'Green Gang'.
22nd Feb '16 8:13:13 AM YT45
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* ''The Corps'' series by Creator/WEBGriffin opens in 1940 Shanghai, where Corporal Kenneth McCoy and several other major characters are stationed with the 4th Marine Regiment, and spends several chapters there. The complexities, corruption, tensions and intrigues of the international city are extensively explored, with McCoy gaining his nickname [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "Killer"]] after defending himself with a knife from three drunk Italian soldiers, being cleared of charges by [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Captain Bruce Fairbairn]] of the Shanghai Municipal Police (who lost the knife to McCoy in a card game), and McCoy being reassigned to eavesdrop on the Japanese when he informs his superiors that his local girlfriend (or "sleeping dictionary") taught him the language [[TheOmniglot (among several others)]].
22nd Feb '16 7:56:31 AM YT45
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[[SecondSinoJapaneseWar Within a couple of months of the Guandong Army taking Beijing in the Summer of 1937]], the fighting spread to Shanghai. We used to be sure this was Chiang's idea, as a means of weakening the IJA's southward advance from Beijing, but now we're not so sure. It appears that the NRA Commander assigned to Shanghai was in fact a Soviet agent acting on orders from Moscow to try to take the fighting south (and away from the Chinese-Japanese-Mongolian-Soviet border), much as the Japanese Commander who oversaw the IJA's resounding defeat Nomonhan/Kalkhin Ghol also appears to have been one. However the Second Battle of Shanghai actually started, it constituted one of history's most bizarre spectacles as Japan continued to deny that the million-man four-month battle (with artillery, tanks, 'planes, and warships) did not constitute a war. Both sides had to be careful in their use of fire support due to the presence of the foreign settlements - the sinking of an American river steamer, the ''Panay'', by IJA aircraft made things ''very'' awkward at one point - which remained mostly unmolested until they too were occupied when Japan entered the [[WorldWarTwo wider war]] in 1941.

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[[SecondSinoJapaneseWar Within a couple of months of the Guandong Army taking Beijing in the Summer of 1937]], the fighting spread to Shanghai. We used to be sure this was Chiang's idea, as a means of weakening the IJA's southward advance from Beijing, but now we're not so sure. It appears that the NRA Commander assigned to Shanghai was in fact a Soviet agent acting on orders from Moscow to try to take the fighting south (and away from the Chinese-Japanese-Mongolian-Soviet border), much as the Japanese Commander who oversaw the IJA's resounding defeat Nomonhan/Kalkhin Ghol also appears to have been one. However the Second Battle of Shanghai actually started, it constituted one of history's most bizarre spectacles as Japan continued to deny that the million-man four-month battle (with artillery, tanks, 'planes, and warships) did not constitute a war. Both sides had to be careful in their use of fire support due to the presence of the foreign settlements - the sinking of an American river steamer, the ''Panay'', gunboat USS ''Panay'' by IJA aircraft while she was evacuating people from the American embassy in Nanking/Nanjing made things ''very'' awkward at one point - which remained mostly unmolested until they too were occupied when Japan entered the [[WorldWarTwo wider war]] in 1941.
31st Jan '16 2:37:11 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/WildRose'' (1934) is among other things an interesting record of how Shanghai looked during TheThirties.
15th Jan '16 9:12:28 PM DanielCase
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* ''Film/{{Her}}'' [[CanadaDoubling uses the cityscape]] to depict a future Los Angeles.

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* ''Film/{{Her}}'' [[CanadaDoubling [[CaliforniaDoubling uses the cityscape]] to depict a future Los Angeles.
15th Jan '16 9:11:48 PM DanielCase
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* ''Film/{{Her}}'' [[CanadaDoubling uses the cityscape]] to depict a future Los Angeles.
23rd Nov '15 10:15:02 PM jormis29
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* A mission in ''SplinterCell: Double Agent'' occurs in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jin_Mao_Tower Jin Mao Tower]] in Shanghai's Pudong District. This mission only exists in Version 1 of the game (the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, & PC version).

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* A mission in ''SplinterCell: Double Agent'' ''VideoGame/SplinterCellDoubleAgent'' occurs in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jin_Mao_Tower Jin Mao Tower]] in Shanghai's Pudong District. This mission only exists in Version 1 of the game (the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, & PC version).
2nd Oct '15 8:14:35 PM Doc_Brown
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* ''Shanghai'', a 2010 American film set in the titular city just prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Stars Creator/JohnCusack along with Creator/KenWatanabe, Creator/ChowYunFat, Creator/GongLi, and--in smaller roles--Jeffrey Dean Morgan and David Morse.
19th Aug '15 7:57:25 PM HeraldAlberich
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Though they came to power on the basis of rather progressive and tolerant policies - having learned from [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober The Russian Civil War]] to avoid antagonising anyone to the point that they would take up arms against them while their support might still sway the outcome of the war - the Communists' had always viewed Shanghai as a capitalist cesspool of decadence. Post-war, they waited until they had built up a loyal base in the countryside (by organising lynch-mob killings of all landlords and giving their land to the poor) and the country had returned to a 1937-level of economic activity before they packed off Shanghai's entire prostitute, banker, trade-unionist, liberal, and socialist ([[SeriousBusiness beause only Marxist-Leninist Communist was ideologically acceptable]]) populations and sent them to re-education camps. Shanghai's past as a hotbed of free thought and inter-national contact was forgotten and even actively destroyed during the Maoist era that followed, particularly the CulturalRevolution.

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Though they came to power on the basis of rather progressive and tolerant policies - having learned from [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober The Russian Civil War]] to avoid antagonising anyone to the point that they would take up arms against them while their support might still sway the outcome of the war - the Communists' had always viewed Shanghai as a capitalist cesspool of decadence. Post-war, they waited until they had built up a loyal base in the countryside (by organising lynch-mob killings of all landlords and giving their land to the poor) and the country had returned to a 1937-level of economic activity before they packed off Shanghai's entire prostitute, banker, trade-unionist, liberal, and socialist ([[SeriousBusiness beause only Marxist-Leninist Communist was ideologically acceptable]]) populations and sent them to re-education camps. Shanghai's past as a hotbed of free thought and inter-national contact was forgotten and even actively destroyed during the Maoist UsefulNotes/{{Mao|Zedong}}ist era that followed, particularly the CulturalRevolution.
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