Even Better Than the Real Thing: A Shanghai Scrap Correction!

Earlier this week, Shanghai Scrap told you all about the torturous path that Shanghai’s 19th century Carmelite convent has taken, from after-thought on the Shanghai Film Studio lot, to (apparently) a renovated museum at the redeveloped Shanghai Film Centre . The full account can be found here. Foolish, foolish me. This afternoon I happened to…

Preservation, Shanghai Style, Pt. 2

[UPDATE 1/08: Additional, corrected information on this redevelopment can be found here.] [Cross-file under: Poor Powers of Observation, Bloggers and Journalists] Below, a December 27 image of a wrecking ball demolishing the north end of the convent building once occupied by the Shanghai members of the Sisters of Carmel. Built in 1874, it was (and,…

Full Bloom

I’ve been covering the design, production and installation of the new stained glass windows for Shanghai’s St. Ignatius Cathedral for nearly five years, now (this 2006 story for the LA Times Sunday Magazine is my lengthiest piece on the subject), and I’ve been witness to some very interesting moments along the way, but today –…

Shanghai’s Cathedral Windows Begin to Bloom – (Updated, Day 3)

[Day 2, Day3 Updates … at the end of the post.] I’ve written several times, and at length, about the project to restore/replace the stained glass windows destroyed in Shanghai’s St. Ignatius Cathedral at the onset of the Cultural Revolution (in most detail, here). So, for this reason, and the fact that I have another…

The Underground Grotto and the Papal Letter.

Yesterday UCAN posted an excellent article on what it characterizes as some of the “positive results,” one year on, produced by the Pope’s landmark Letter to Chinese Catholics, released on June 30, 2007. Unlike most reporting on the after-effects of the letter (or, for that matter, Chinese Catholicism), UCAN’s report doesn’t dwell on Vatican-Beijing relations.…