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Re: Russia, the Last Colonial Empire
« on: September 08, 2021, 09:18:50 am »
Let's not hold our breaths

If you prefer this:

...over this: deserve to be treated like this:

The most obvious and promising link to be made was between Nagasaki and Shanghai.


The Japanese observers were also keenly aware of the disparate situation of Chinese and Westerners in the city.


The Japanese observers came away from their time in Shanghai repulsed by Western racism and arrogance.

Daily reminder that Russians were an integral part of the Western colonial presence in Shanghai:

The first Russians to move to Shanghai were the wealth-seeking tea merchants who boarded the ferries from Vladivostok to the Chinese metropolis, which had a large international settlement, set up after the Qing Dynasty lost the First Opium War to the British Empire.


The Russian community in Shanghai began to grow from 300 in 1906 to more than 10,000 with a decade, as revolutionary winds swept across Russia.

Also, daily reminder that once declared "white", you are always "white", no matter how low your socioeconomic status and how much wealthier "whites" look down on you based on that:

Jinglei Wan, a historian based in Shanghai says the Russians in the city had a unique position in the race-based hierarchy in the city. “They enjoyed a status that was higher than the Chinese [...].


“The poorer of the lot even became beggars, burglars and pick-pockets,” says Wan “When they were caught, they were tried under Chinese law since they lost extraterritorial protections when they refused Soviet citizenship.”  He adds that the poorer Russians were an “eyesore” for the Westerners who hated the sight of destitute drunken Europeans being arrested by the police.

Unfortunately, Eurocentrism was by then already firmly entrenched in Chinese consciousness, hence why interwar China never even lifted a finger to liquidate this colonial cesspit. In fact, it was the Japanese who admirably cleared Shanghai of Western colonialists:

Anglo-American influence effectively ended after 8 December 1941, when the Imperial Japanese Army entered and occupied the British and American controlled parts of the city in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The British and Americans troops taken by surprise surrendered without a shot, with the exception of the only British riverboat in Shanghai, HMS Peterel, which refused to surrender: six of the 18 British crew who were on board at the time were killed when the ship was sunk when the Japanese opened fire at almost point-blank range.


European residents of the International Settlement were forced to wear armbands to differentiate them, were evicted from their homes, and [...] were liable to maltreatment. All were liable for punitive punishments, torture and even death during the period of Japanese occupation. The Japanese sent European and American citizens to be interned at the Lunghua Civilian Assembly Center, a work camp on what was then the outskirts of Shanghai. Survivors of Lunghua were released in August 1945.

Shanghai was notable for a long period as the only place in the world that unconditionally offered refuge for Jews escaping from the Nazis. These refugees often lived in squalid conditions in an area known as the Shanghai Ghetto in Hongkew. On 21 August 1941 the Japanese government closed Hongkew to Jewish immigration.

...and ultimately restored Chinese sovereignty:

[...] in July 1943, the Japanese retroceded the SMC to the City Government of Shanghai, which was then in the hands of the pro-Japanese Wang Jingwei Government.
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