the irreplaceable sense of community in a diminishing traditional neighborhood of Shanghai, told from the reflections of a bus driver and his 12-year-old daughter. The rapid increase in prosperity and the international modernization of Shanghai has been implemented on a mass scale at the expense of the displacement of lower-income traditional Chinese communities. As residents of a Shikumen area known as Lan Yan, Mr. Zhang and his daughter reflect upon the sense of closeness and community he and his neighbors have experienced for over a century, even in their cramped living conditions.
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