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Oct. 13, 2005

CAPS Writer To Discuss Shanghai At Oct. 20 International Thursdays Lecture

Danyan Chen, a visiting scholar in the University of Iowa Center for Asian and Pacific Studies and a past participant in the International Writing Program, will present "Who has been Shanghaied? A Great Change of the Shanghai Bund from 1600 to 2005," from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 in the International Center Lounge. Her lecture is part of the International Thursdays series sponsored by UI International Programs. It is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

Chen will discuss Shanghai as an international city with a strong western presence from the mid-19th century to the 1940s and then to 2005 and the present landscape as a rising world financial center. The lecture will include a slide show with photos from 1600 to 2005 that show the great change of the Shanghai Bund. The Bund is the embankment along the waterfront of this "Treaty Port" city, Chen said. Due to its location bordering the sea, the Bund has always been the heart of Shanghai, Chen said. Most colonists expected the Bund to fall, and there were falls in 1932, 1945 and 1949, but incredibly the Bund is shining again like a rising star after 40 years, she said.

Chen is noted for her writings on youth and of city tales on the Chinese mainland. Her stories about Chinese cities have made her one of the best-selling authors in China achieving record books sales since 1998. She writes mostly about Shanghai, once Asia's most westernized metropolis of the colonial times, and the affinity and conflicts with a unique historical past that its people have experienced.

For more information on this lecture or International Thursdays or special accommodations to attend this lecture, contact Amy Green at 319-335-1433 or

The International Thursdays series is sponsored by UI International Programs and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are usually from noon to 1 p.m. every Thursday in the International Center Lounge or other locations on campus throughout the academic year with the exception of holidays and breaks.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Amy Green, 319-335-1433,; Writer: JoAnn Seeman