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The Teahouse under SocialismThe Decline and Renewal of Public Life in Chengdu, 1950-2000$
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Di Wang

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781501715488

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501715488.001.0001

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The Resurgence of Teahouses in the Reform Era

The Resurgence of Teahouses in the Reform Era

(p.121) 4 The Resurgence of Teahouses in the Reform Era
The Teahouse under Socialism

Di Wang

Cornell University Press

This chapter shows that at the end of the Cultural Revolution they did not suffer total destruction, as had the city’s walls and many popular spaces, as well as forms of folk entertainment. Teahouses were indeed dormant, but not dead; they recovered immediately once conditions were politically favorable, as seen in the renewed popularity of street-corner teahouses and emergence of the high-end tea balconies. Beginning in the late 1970s and early 1980s, teahouses re-emerged on every corner in the city and today thrive as never before.

Keywords:   Reform and Opening up, Private ownership, Revival of public life

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