William Denning

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Surveillance

In The Art of Travel, 4. Politics, Shanghai by William Denning1 Comment

With the technology in Shanghai everything is simply easier. Leaving the house becomes irrelevant with the popularization of super apps, such as WeChat. WeChat has everything you could possibly need in terms of life in China. It streamlines all of the processes which can be streamlined. Payment, food delivery, even dating. Using it makes me weary of returning to the …

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Fear

In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Shanghai by William DenningLeave a Comment

Haunted by ideas alongside bell hooks’ ‘imperialist nostalgia’, my time in Shanghai has been categorized by a deliberate out-of-the-way-ness. As an alien to the space, I feel that my participation and disruption in Shanghai is the American travelers largest sin. Interfering feels as if my own impeding culture, even my own white-ness is somehow sinful. As a student of post-colonial …

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Inside

In The Art of Travel, 2. Getting oriented, Shanghai by William DenningLeave a Comment

My friend Lynn and I found ourselves, especially the first week, spending our evenings exploring the Jinqiao mall near our apartment building. The mall is broken up into 6 ‘blocks’ each housing uncountable shops, booths and restaurants. For dinner on the first few nights, we let the mall be our guide, wandering around until we found something to eat. A …