Growing Up With Shanghai- Xujiahui

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Growing Up With Shanghai- Xujiahui

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[Xujiahui was from our limited edition self-published book in 2010 and includes the Shanghainese transcription. Your purchase includes the soundwalk audio Mp3, and a 32-page PDF booklet that contains:  images, three translations (Shanghainese, Mandarin, and English), and a route map to help you navigate the area.]

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Audio Track Listing:

Xujiahui (20:38)

Recorded July 3, 2009 10:00 am.

When I first started this project, I didn’t know where it would lead or what people I would meet. This first walk is of a Shanghainese friend, Maggie, who was interested in my project. The concept was simple- walk in a place that you have fond memories of and talk about it. What I did know was that this was not going to be another ‘audio tour’. It was supposed to be more like an ‘audio diary’.

From the beginning, I knew that this project was going to be amazing. We started in an abandoned apartment complex that was ready to be demolished for the future expansion of Xu Jia Hui- a growing epicenter of shopping malls and electronics stores. The complex was quiet, save for a few families who have taken residence here until the demolition starts. The government relocated these people a while ago and have since gutted and prepared these buildings for demolition. It was her first time there since she had left and it was interesting to start seeing the actual locations where here memories were took place.

We continued along the route she would take to go to her nearby language school. The streets were bustling with daily life with the sound of restaurants were preparing for the coming lunch hour and people returning home from the local vegetable market to cook for their loved ones. Her memories along this road were quite small and intimate- buying stamps at the local post office and the vegetable market where her mother used to shop. As we get deeper into the residential neighborhood, you can hear the amount of street noise drop and become more quiet ending on the busy, noisy road of Pan Yu Lu.

Since this was the first recording, it was edited the most. Portions have been cut where the recording was paused. I have deliberately emphasized this with a few seconds of silence as an indication that a small amount of time has passed.

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刚开始这个项目时,我不知道该去哪里,也不知道我会遇到什么样的人。我的第一次漫步之旅是和我的上海朋友Maggie一起去的,她告诉我她对参加这个项目很有兴趣。

一开始我就知道这次漫步之旅将是非常有趣的。我们从一栋废弃的公寓楼开始了。这栋废弃的公寓即将被拆除,将来用于拓宽徐家汇。徐家汇是上海新兴的购物中心及电子百货中心。这栋公寓楼很安静,只有几家人还住在这座废弃的楼房里。政府在2002年左右已经对大多数住户进行了搬迁,并拆掉了公寓内部设施,准备进行整体拆除。自从Maggie离开这里后,她还是第一次回到这里,看到现在的场景,勾起了她很多的回忆,她觉得非常有趣。

我们继续沿着计划的路线前行,来到了附近她曾就读的语言学校。这里的街道熙熙攘攘,川流不息,可以听见餐馆忙于准备午餐的声音,还有从当地蔬菜市场买菜回家准备为心爱的人做饭的人们。走在这条路上,Maggie的回忆很具体,也很温馨——在当地的邮局买邮票,还记得她母亲经常光顾的蔬菜市场。随着我们继续深入居民街坊,街道上的嘈杂声渐渐远去。快到番禺路时,我们慢

慢地往回走。

由于这是第一次录音,该录音材料与其他录音相比进行了较多的编辑。录音暂停的部分是为了特别强调,这些几秒钟的无声材料表示少量已经耽误的时间。

请特别留意:走过废弃的公寓时,地上有一些凌乱的钉子和破碎的玻璃。

* 请注意:在编辑本书时尚可走入这栋公寓,但当您亲临上海时,有可能不能靠近了。

起点:虹桥路289弄。入口在宜山路21弄。入口处走进然后左转,看见垃圾桶时停。

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