Jacob H. Fishman

in Voices from Shanghai

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780226181660
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226181684 | DOI:
Jacob H. Fishman

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This chapter presents “A Wedding” (1947), a short story written by Jacob H. Fishman. The story shows that, despite hardships endured by the Shanghai Jews, life goes on. In this story, Fishman deals with more complex matters: the loss of parental authority due to exile, the bankruptcy of Jewish assimilation, and the search for more meaningful commitments by the younger generation. In addition, he touches on the relationships of the ethnic communities forced to live in close proximity to one another in Hongkou and takes a rather pessimistic view of bridging the Chinese-Jewish divide.

Keywords: short story; Jacob H. Fishman; Shanghai; Jews; exile; parental authority; assimilation; Hongkou

Chapter.  3822 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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