Excellent family in the “Parent-Child Reading Collection Activity” is performing. Photo by Chai Bin
By Gu Li
As the grand finale of the Shanghai Book Fair, the “Hongkou Host Day” Event launched at the main venue, Shanghai Exhibition Center, on the closing day, August 22. The 12-hours live broadcasting composed of three parts including “Humanism Reading”, “Revolutionary Culture” and “Cultural Life” and received Prof. Zhang Jiahe from the Party School of the CPC Hongkou Committee, readers from Huiyou Bookstore, the founder of Upper Bookstore and other Hongkou locals in the media studio, having rounds of direct and unrestrained talks with netizens
Online Party lectures attracted thousands of onlookers
“After the May Thirtieth Movement, from 1925 to 1927, the Shanghai Federation of Trade Unions set its secret agency at Ma Ckellar, Dixwell Road what is now No. 21, Lane 965, Liyang Road in Hongkou District, leading the workers’ movements in Shanghai.” At his first online lecture, Prof. Zhang Jiahe from the Party School witnessed four thousands of attendees. On the air, Prof. Zhang centered on four themes of “Party’s Leading Organs and Leaders’ Activities”, “Left-wing Cultural Movements”, “Fights of Hidden Front” and “Martyrs in Hongkou” and gave a vivid and narrative account of the Revolutionary Culture in Hongkou. It certainly can’t be without his years’ devotion into the Hongkou’s Revolutionary Culture study.
Although Prof. Zhang reached the retirement age last year, he didn’t resign from the frontline position of promoting Hongkou’s Revolutionary Culture. In turn, he established the Zhang Jiahe’s Hongkou Memories Lecturing Studio to continue to pass on stories and the Party history happened in Hongkou. Now, he is enthusiastically proposing to organize “July 1st Cadres College” to relevant authorities in Shanghai, hoping that, based on the concept series of four courses including “the CPC in Foundation Time”, “Struggle and Sacrifice in Urban Fighting”, “Proletarian Revolutionists from Shanghai” and “Party Characters after Reform and Opening-up in Shanghai”, the red resources across the city will be integrated and a united Party-spirit educational brand will be built with nationwide influence.
Hongkou is where the Forth National Congress of the CPC was held and the Party was founded, so it carries the authentic genes of “Revolutionary Culture”. During the book fair, Hongkou provided multiple forms of events to promote Revolutionary Culture. The Publicity Department of the CPC Hongkou Committee and the Hongkou Cultural Bureau delivered the Revolutionary Culture recommendation books to libraries for free so as to let grass roots have more accesses to those resources and to lay a solid foundation for the nurturing of Revolutionary Culture fans in Hongkou.
Readers shared stories about Huiyou Bookstore
As the highlight of the “Humanism Reading” part, new and old readers of Huiyou Bookstore came to the studio and shared their stories about it with others both on the spot and online.
The bookstore, founded in 2016, is the brand project of Hongkou Library. Though not yet one-year-old, it possesses a considerate number of readers of all ages. By the mode of “book exchange in equal volume”, readers can activate books left idle at home by passing them on to new hands in the store.
Mr. Qian, at his 74, the eldest among them, said on the air, “When I was in primary school, taking my parents’ advice, I went to the Hongkou Library a lot and read folk stories and Chinese as well as foreign novels there. In middle school, I leafed though sci-tech pictorials there. Now I’m retired and pick up a lot of memories of early years in Huiyou Bookstore.” It was learnt that Mr. Qian devoted 38 years to working in Xinjiang when young, so he found many familiar names of both former comrades and co-workers in books by authors working there. He also caught the name of his Chinese teacher in Fuxing High School then. Reviewing those prime years made him sigh with feelings and feel warmth inside at the same time.
Although Huiyou Bookstore is a cultural brand based in Hongkou, it has fans across the city. Mr. Da from Putuo District is one of them. “A friend of mine, a painter, lives in Hongkou and often looks up information in Hongkou Library. He discovered Huiyou Bookstore by accident and told me about it. I came here first out of pure curiosity and never thought of that I would join in so many cultural salon events and make so many like-minded friends here.” He said.
Readers expressed their expectations of Huiyou Bookstore in the live stream, hoping that they can hold cultural salon events accommodating readers of all ages, expand the actual area, boost the idea of “book exchange in equal volume” and pass on Hongkou’s cultural glamour to every household.
Hongkou culture penetrates the Shanghai Book Fair
With rich cultural resources, Honghou is the birthplace of Shanghai-style Culture, cradle of advanced cultures and hub of cultural celebrities. Hongkou’s culture was involved in all aspects of the book fair and many cultural and fashion landmarks opened doors for various cultural events, receiving ardent participation and reactions from citizens.
Shanghai International Literature Week is invariably the highlight of the annual book fairs. For the first time, its main venue was set up at the old-line cultural landmark Pujiang Hotel in Hongkou, where an assembly of authors from home and abroad were invited to join in meet-and-greets, literary dialogues and other events. Hongkou’s new stylish landmark W Hotel also made its appearance in the “Poetry Night” Event. It was learnt that Hongkou occupied four activity spots of the “Shanghai Literature Atlas Live Stream” Reading Event, giving full play to its profound cultural foundation and demonstrating its new look toward globalization in recent years.
On the Hongkou Host Day, apart from the three culture display parts, several privately-ran bookstores made their debuts too. JIC Bookstore put on display on the spot while the owner of Upper Bookstore shared his startup experiences and architectural concept of the store with “bookworms”, winning numerous likes.