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


the hidden gem in town



I had a very special dinner with my boyfriend today. We went to the new Lao Hot Pot restaurant in Parnell Street. We arrived at the restaurant at around 7 o’clock in the afternoon. It was very busy. There was no free table. We have to wait 40 minutes before we were led to a table.

The reason why it is so busy is because it is the first hot pot buffet restaurant in Ireland. It means that the very authentic Chinese food finally arrived in Ireland. Thirty odd years ago, when Hong Kong Chinese started to open restaurant in Ireland, they brought in with them Chinese food. However, their food might have been much Europeanized. Main land Chinese started to come to Ireland since 1998, once there was as many as 80,000 Chinese in Ireland. Restaurant with more authentic Chinese food were since being opened. Believe or not, Ireland has the most authentic Chinese food in Europe. You are talking about Chinese started to come into UK, France or Germany since 100 years ago and there are hundreds of Chinese restaurant in Amsterdam. But their food had adopted the local taste to try to survive. While in Dublin, where the majority of Chinese are from mainland, as oppose to other countries where most Chinese are from Hong Kong. They opened restaurant to meet the demand from the Chinese community, hence the authentic taste. A lot of adventurous Irish come into these restaurant to try something new, even its very hard for them to order in these restaurants.

This hot pot buffet brought authenticity to another level. While Chinese food is popular, still hot pot remains a Chinese favorite  Many westerners are not able to try it because its taste and its demand of skills of chopsticks. I bet this will be the only of its kind in the whole Europe. In a small sense, it signaled Dublin has catching up really quickly as a metropolitan city in Europe.

a video shows hotpot eating culture in china:

How to make a easy tradition Chinese hotpot in your own house: