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This front matter section of the book Liangyou: Kaleidoscopic Modernity and the Shanghai Global Metropolis, 1926-1945 contains the table of contents and the acknowledgments. The book explores the rise of popular print media in China - Liangyou (The Young Companion) as it relates to the quest for modernity in the global metropolis of Shanghai from 1926 to 1945. It highlights four thematic clusters: designing modernity, embodying the modern, negotiating genders, and modernizing tradition. The book investigates the "golden age" (1927-37) of Chinese and Japanese modernist magazines. It argues convincingly that "embodying the modern" involved much more than an appreciation of the pretty faces of "modern girls" and examines the history of patent medicines in Republican-era Shanghai. The book takes up gender roles in flux, and deals with the problem of the place and function of "traditional" guohua paintings in representations of "modernity".

Keywords: Chinese modernist magazine; gender roles; Liangyou; patent medicines; Republican-era Shanghai; traditional guohua paintings



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