On March 14, 2018, the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai will host a must-hear talk titled “A Hundred Years of Shanghai’s Expat History in a Hundred Minutes (or less)” given by Ms. Tess Johnston. Focusing on the Western presence in Shanghai from 1842-1949, Ms. Johnston will give a short anecdotal history of each wave of foreigners who came to Shanghai, explain their contribution to the city’s growth, and touch on what each group left behind for posterity. A Q&A session will follow.
Ms. Johnston first came to Shanghai in 1981 to work at the American Consulate General and in 1996, after over thirty years of diplomatic service, she retired and stayed on in Shanghai to research, write, and lecture. She and her co-author, Shanghai photographer Deke Erh (Erh Dongqiang), have published 25 books, including fifteen volumes on Western architecture and the expatriate experience in old China. She lived abroad for more than half a century, including more than 40 years in Asia.