Chusan Road Market

The market on Chushan Road is extraordinarily boisterous in the 1940s Shanghai. Its patrons included not only the Chinese, but also the settling down Jewish refugees. Here they bought fresh fruits and vegetables and any daily goods. They wandered freely among the bustling crowds, melting themselves into this city, becoming one of the citizens. If there should be any sins, one sin is to forget the pains of the past. But apparently they live quite happily here! The air is easy and free, there is only the peace of life without the horror of the Nazis.

Oil painting, Chusan Road Market (Photo Credit: CC - BY Zhang Ping, Chinese Jewish Cultural Foundation)
Oil painting, Chusan Road Market (Photo Credit: CC – BY Zhang Ping, Chinese Jewish Cultural Foundation)
Chusan Road Market was the commercial center of the Hongkew (Photo Credit: CC - BY Horst Eisfelder, Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum)
Chusan Road Market was the commercial center of the Hongkew (Photo Credit: CC – BY Horst Eisfelder, Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum)

Special thanks to Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum for providing the sources of literature and photo on this topic. Further contact with Chinese Jewish Cultural Foundation (CJCF) via email:postmaster@cjcf.org.cn‍.

About the Author
Xinyao Chen served as founder assistant of Chinese Jewish Cultural Foundation (CJCF). In 2013, he started his M.A. studies in Nonprofit Management at the Rothberg International School of Hebrew University.
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