Shanghai, a dynamic world metropolisof 24 million inhabitants, is famous for its economic dynamism and architectural daring. It has become synonymous with present-day consumerism. But at the same time Shanghai is at the forefront of China’s unprecedented religious revival, rooted in history, irrigated by the spiritual currents of globalisation and continuously revived by the limitless inventiveness of its population.
Over three years I explored the spaces, rituals, and daily practices that make up the innovative spiritual landscape of the city. This multidisciplinary project was undertaken in collaboration with Professor Benoit Vermander of the Xu-Ricci Dialogue Institute at Fudan University and Liang Zhang of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. Providing the first thorough investigation of religious practices in a Chinese city, Shanghai Sacred is published by Washington University Press.