Isaac Meyer

Historian, teacher, podcaster

Episode 257 – The Bookseller

This week, we cover the life and legacy of one of the great bridges between Japan and China — the Christian bookseller of Shanghai, Uchiyama Kanzo.


Keavaney, Christopher. Beyond Brushtalk: Sino-Japanese Literary Exchange in the Interwar Period.

Shih, Shu-mei. The Lure of the Modern: Writing Modernism in Semicolonial China, 1917-1937.

Minchello, Sharon, ed. Japan’s Competing Modernities: Issues in Culture and Democracy, 1900-1930.

A podcast by Harvard’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies on the Lu Xun-Uchiyama Kanzo friendship.


Uchiyama Kanzo in 1953.

To give you an idea of how big a deal Lu Xun was and is in China, here is a People’s Republic of China Party Congress taking place beneath a banner of him. His works remain mandatory reading for most middle and upper schools in China.

Lu Xun (left) and Uchiyama Kanzo, c. 1933.

The location of the Uchiyama Bookstore on Sichuan Road, c. 2018.

A gathering at the Uchiyama Bookstore in 1936. From left to right: Lu Xun,Huang Xinbo, Cao Bai, Bai Wei, and Chen Yanqiao. Courtesyt of the Harvard Yenching Library collection of Sha Fei’s photos.



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  1. Japanese Stationery Manufacturer “KOKUYO Opens Pop-up Store in London from October 3 to 14 Date: Sep 07, 2018 TOKYO, Sept. 7, 2018 – KOKUYO Co., Ltd. will run a pop-up store of its Tokyo-based lifestyle shop cafe “THINK OF THINGS” in the Shoreditch district, east London, Britain, from October 3 to 14. Since its opening in May 2017, THINK OF THINGS has received more feedback than expected not only from Japan but from many customers, media organizations and retailers in the United States, Europe and Asia as it has been offering KOKUYO’s long-selling products and THINK OF THINGS’ original products, and actively sharing cultural content using conceptual space. Continue reading »

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