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The Teahouse under Socialism – The Decline and Renewal of Public Life in Chengdu, 1950-2000 - Cornell Scholarship Online
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The Teahouse under Socialism: The Decline and Renewal of Public Life in Chengdu, 1950-2000

Di Wang


This book explores urban public life through the microcosm of the Chengdu teahouse. Like most public spaces, the teahouse was and still is an enduring symbol of Chinese popular culture, stemming back centuries and prevailing through political transformations, modernization, and globalization. The time period covered begins basically with the establishment of the People’s Republic in 1949-50, goes through the end of the Cultural Revolution and into the post-Mao reform era. We see clearly that the role and importance of the teahouse changed abruptly, going from severe constriction in its operati ... More

Keywords: Teahouse, Chengdu, Public Life, Socialist State, Public Sphere, Small Business, Social Transformation, Urban China

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781501715488
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501715488.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Di Wang, author
University of Macau