NEW SHANGHAI: The Rocky Rebirth of China’s Legendary City, by Pamela Yatsko. Wiley, 2001, 298 pp., 2,300 yen (paper).

Few doubt that Shanghai is the nerve center of China’s second “Great Leap Forward.” This metropolis — long considered the most cosmopolitan of all Asian cities — is the cornerstone of high-tech, financial and manufacturing activities in China. It is also a magnet for Chinese creativity, a Mecca where genuine communication among scholars, businessmen, and journalists takes place in relative freedom.

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