The Shanghailanders

The European community of Shanghai ruled the city, even though they were completely outnumbered by the Chinese around and among them. Many foreigners were just in Shanghai for a short while, to make a fortune before moving on or to return home. But by the early 20th century, increasing numbers saw Shanghai as their home. They lived a privileged life, full of servants and dancing. Until the Russian and jewish refugees started arriving in the 1920s, Europeans in Shanghai were almost all of solid means -- except for the soldiers and sailors there to protect the interests of their masters.