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The Clock and the Compound

Wen-hsin Yeh

in Shanghai Splendor

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249714
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933422 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520249714.003.0005
The Clock and the Compound

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The use of the clock was prominent in Shanghai. The largest clock in East Asia at the time adorned the face of the Maritime Customs House. Corporate discipline ran on the clock, as did the transportation systems and all other urban establishments. For the multitude of desk workers employed in white-collar positions, going to work and getting around both concerned adhering to a new sense of time. This chapter offers an examination of the everyday life of the employees of Shanghai's Bank of China in the 1920s and 1930s. Banking as a profession enjoyed high prestige in the 1920s. Bank workers were among the highest paid and most securely employed in Shanghai middle-class society.

Keywords: Shanghai; clocks; corporate discipline; Shanghai's Bank of China; banking

Chapter.  9499 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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