Shanghai Ghetto

Why Jews like Shanghai?

Shanghai has attracted a lot of foreign investment and enterprises, although recent financial crisis attacked this city, but shanghai has retained most of foreign companies. The reason for this can attribute to many reasons, but one of them I will mention follow is that this city has very close connection with Jews.


watch video here for shanghai Jewish museum

Now days there’re many people from other countries move to shanghai for various reasons. Many resident communities are described by local people as “the united nations”, tenets that are often coming from dozens of countries and regions in the world. Local people use “Lao Wai” to describe people from abroad, with different color skin with us.

Many ‘Lao Wai’ are white people, who have high nose, blue color eyes. But if observe carefully, most of them they are Jew.

Local people think Jews are amazing. Jews are thought to good at doing business, at this point which is quite similar with south east overseas Chinese. They are wisdom, they are also hard work. In 1930’s, many of them are the winner in the market. We heard lot about is Germanic people who do not good with business like Jews, they own debt with Jew, they felt jealous, they can’t find reason to get rid of debt, later they have no way but using evolution-ism  claim Jews are inferior than Germany. At beginning they want to drive them away, but later they think to kill them all. At that time, shanghai received large numbers of Jews. Shanghai became a place of refuge for Jews in old days. Recent, many Jews hold with appreciation to come to visit their old place.

interview and also a history with Jews in shanghai:

“Shanghai was a multicultural city and the Japanese controlled the city’s Chinese populations. There were elite Sephardic Jews from Iraq, Syria and other parts of the Middle East who had long lived and prospered in Shanghai, as well as the new immigrants from Germany. They were later to be joined by Jews from Lithuania and Poland. The British ruled the International Settlement. The more comfortable Jews had built a community in Shanghai replete with synagogues and schools …” From p. xvi —Strange Haven: A Jewish Childhood in Wartime Shanghai by Sigmund Tobias

‘Shanghai Ghetto’ a Films about Jews live in shanghai during old days:

Shanghai Ghetto

Shanghai Ghetto

other reading:  ‘the Jews of shanghai: uncovering the archives and stories’  by Raymond Pun, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research Division