WBEZ | Shanghai http://www.wbez.org/tags/shanghai Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Life, death, and dumplings http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-04/life-death-and-dumplings-106530 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8627974560/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/qingtuanxihand.jpg" style="width: 620px;" title="Qing tuanzi: wild grass, glutinous rice, and red bean dumplings for Qingming Festival in Shanghai, China (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p>Like billions of Chinese worldwide this weekend, I&#39;d hoped to observe <em>Ching Ming</em> (Cantonese), or <em>Qingming</em> (Mandarin), to pay my respects to ancestors by visiting gravesites with family for a bit of spring cleaning, as well as leave offerings of food and drink.</p><p>But with the current bird flu scare, travel is noticeably down, while authorities destroyed more than 20,000 birds in live markets, though <u><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-04/chinas-poultry-passion-persists-despite-bird-flu-blues-106432">poultry is still being eaten</a>.</u></p><p>In Chicagoland, most locals now celebrate the holiday in the Chinese section at Mt. Auburn cemetery in southwest suburban Stickney, as I mentioned last year.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8607880503/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/shanghaixiaolongbao.jpg" style="width: 620px;" title="Xiaolongbao with black vinegar and ginger in Shanghai, China (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><p style="text-align: left;"><span style="text-align: left;">I was just leaving Shanghai, my father&#39;s hometown, not that it mattered. My grandparents were once buried in one of the cemeteries that no longer exists, dug up during the Cultural Revolution, now developed into modern high-rises. My uncle&#39;s ashes were buried at sea, which is increasingly preferred.</span></p><p style="text-align: left;">One consolation: I told my dad I was bringing home not only&nbsp;<em>qing tuanzi</em>, but from Godly. The vegetarian restaurant open since 1922 and recognized for its intangible cultural heritage in China, was once a favorite of his mother, the grandmother I never knew.</p><p style="text-align: left;">My dad said, &quot;What are&nbsp;<em>qing tuanzi</em>?&quot;</p><p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8627974560/" style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/qingtuanxipackage.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Qing tuanzi: wild grass, glutinous rice, and red bean dumplings for Qingming Festival in Shanghai, China (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;"><em>Qing tuanzi</em> are distinctively bright spring green glutinous rice dumplings filled with sweet red bean paste. Their color comes from wild mugwort juice. They&#39;re now found throughout Shanghai, but are a specialty of&nbsp;Suzhou, about 60 miles west of Shanghai, an hour and 30 minutes drive or only an hour by high speed bullet train.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8607912649/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/shanghaifacetime.jpg" style="width: 620px;" title="FaceTime over tea, mangosteens, and mandarines in Shanghai, China (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">Clearly they&#39;re not nearly as famous as&nbsp;<em>xiaolongbao</em>, Shanghai&#39;s iconic soup dumplings. The green dumplings may look like mochi but my first bite revealed something completely different. They&#39;re firmer in texture, with a tart almost effervescent flavor, like the white<em> nian gao</em> (steamed sweet sticky rice cake) that my maternal grandmother used to make.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">You can actually <a href="http://item.jd.com/1016996018.html"><u>order <em>qing tuanzi</em> by Godly </u></a>online. I&#39;m not sure about the shipping, but in our world, old meets new and it seems anything is possible.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu"><u><em>Follow Louisa Chu on Twitter.</em></u></a></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8627964264/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/qingtuanxiinterior.jpg" style="width: 620px;" title="Qing tuanzi: wild grass, glutinous rice, and red bean dumplings for Qingming Festival in Shanghai, China (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-04/life-death-and-dumplings-106530 China's poultry passion persists despite bird flu blues http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-04/chinas-poultry-passion-persists-despite-bird-flu-blues-106432 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://instagram.com/p/XnJqX7xRpQ/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/shanghaichickensilkie.JPG" style="height: 620px; width: 620px;" title="Silkie chicken at Lotus supermarket in Shanghai, China (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p>Greetings from Shanghai, where <u><a href="http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1205499/new-case-bird-flu-infection-reported-nanjing">a new strain of bird flu</a></u>&nbsp;has killed two men and caused four more people to become critically ill. A patient diagnosis leaked to the Chinese social media site Weibo offered details of the most recent patient: a woman who worked as a poultry butcher in a Nanjing market. On March 30, doctors confirmed she was infected with H7N9 avian influenza. There is no vaccine for this version of the flu.</p><p>In the meantime, despite <u><a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2013/04/bird-flu-deaths-has-china-edge/63729/">reports to the contrary</a>,</u>&nbsp;and the lack of any visible signs of an emergency plan in action, I can tell you that from here, the taste for poultry lives on in Shanghai.&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8613383581/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/shanghaismokedduck.jpg" style="width: 620px;" title="Jasmine Tea Smoked Duck at Jardin de Jade in Shanghai, China (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">In the few days I&#39;ve been here, I&#39;ve eaten tea-smoked duck, tea-smoked goose, and even chicken feet for breakfast.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">At the Lotus supermarket, located at the foot of Shanghai&#39;s most famous landmark, the&nbsp;<u><a href="http://www.orientalpearltower.com/en/">Oriental Pearl Tower</a></u>, I found blue-black-skinned Silkie chickens, as prized as ever. In Chicago you can find them at the live markets, too.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/shanghaismokedgoose.jpg" style="width: 620px;" title="Tea smoked goose at Xin Wang Tea Restaurant in Shanghai, China (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">Lean and gamy, Silkies are used most often as a traditional Chinese tonic soup, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/wisconsin-ginseng-sex-drugs-and-root-robbers-106315"><u>fragrant with ginseng</u></a> and other medicinal herbs &mdash;&nbsp;a rather ironic cure-all given the present state of things.</div></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://instagram.com/p/XnJE5vRRom/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/shanghaichickenfeet.JPG" style="height: 620px; width: 620px;" title="Chicken feet on breakfast buffet at Kerry Hotel in Shanghai, China (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><p><a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu"><u><em>Follow Louisa Chu on Twitter.</em></u></a></p></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-04/chinas-poultry-passion-persists-despite-bird-flu-blues-106432 The 2010 Shanghai World Expo closes http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2010-shanghai-world-expo-closes <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2010-November/2010-11-04/800px-Shanghai_Expo_opening-night_fireworks.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Last week, the 2010 Shanghai World Expo came to a close in what many have called the largest event in human history. The Expo brought 73 million people over 184 days. Organizers and many outside observers declared the it was a smashing success, but the Expo has also come under scrutiny for a number of issues like forced attendance, mass relocation of residents, and padded attendance numbers.</p><p><em>Worldview's</em> Global Cities contributor Barry Weisberg shares his thoughts about the Expo's sucesses and failures.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 04 Nov 2010 14:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2010-shanghai-world-expo-closes The opening of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/opening-2010-shanghai-world-expo <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//archives/images/cityroom/wv_20100430a_large.png" alt="" /><p><p>A massive fireworks show today capped off the opening ceremonies of the <a href="http://www.expo2010china.hu/index.phtml?module=home&amp;menu_id=macaupavilion" target="_blank">2010 Shanghai World Expo</a> that runs through October.</p><p>Barry Weisberg spends half his year in Shanghai and will cover the Expo for us. He shares his thoughts on the significance of the event.</p><p><em>Barry Weisberg is global cities contributor for </em>Worldview<em>.<em> His commentaries&nbsp;reflect his own views and not necessarily those of </em></em><em>Worldview or WBEZ.</em></p></p> Fri, 30 Apr 2010 14:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/opening-2010-shanghai-world-expo