‘Remembering Shanghai’ A Memoir of Socialites, Scholars & Scoundrels




‘Remembering Shanghai’ A Memoir of Socialites, Scholars & Scoundrels

About the Author

Claire Chao is the daughter of Shanghai-born Raymond Chao (赵梅溪; 趙梅溪; 1923–2012), an advertising executive, and Isabel Sun Chao (赵孙树莹; 孫樹瑩; born March 21, 1931 in Shanghai), cultural affairs specialist at the US Consulate General in Hong Kong. She attended Kennedy Road Junior School, Island School, and Hong Kong International School. She graduated from Princeton University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Highest Honors, in Art and Archaeology. Chao lives in Honolulu with her husband, John Falzarano, a retired physician.

Chao had focused her senior thesis at Princeton on the Qing dynasty landscape artist Wang Hui and while researching Remembering Shanghai discovered a link to her grandfather, the collector Sun Bosheng (孙伯绳; 孫伯繩). In 2018, during Chao’s 35th reunion, the Princeton University Art Museum mounted an exhibition of landscapes by Wang Hui and invited her to speak.[4]


Winner of 17 literary and design awards, including Rubery Book Award BOOK OF THE YEAR Independent Author Network OUTSTANDING MEMOIR Reader Views Literary Awards GLOBAL AWARD.

Claire Chao presents Remembering Shanghai, an award-winning memoir that she co-wrote with her mother Isabel Sun Chao. The story follows five generations from imperial China to modern-day Hong Kong, and is accompanied by evocative period illustrations and photographs. Isabel grows up in the wealthy Sun family in glamorous 1930s Shanghai.

When Mao comes to power, she journeys to Hong Kong, unaware that she will never see her father again. She and daughter Claire return to Shanghai six decades later to confront their complex past—one they discover is filled with love and betrayal, kidnappers and concubines, glittering pleasure palaces and underworld crime bosses. By turns harrowing and heartwarming, the memoir explores loss and redemption against an epic backdrop. Claire was born and raised in Hong Kong. She spent a decade creating Remembering Shanghai after thirty years in luxury brand management. She graduated with highest honors from Princeton University and was named to Avenue magazine’s “500 Most Influential Asian Americans” and Hong Kong Tatler’s “Who’s Who in Hong Kong”


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‘Remembering Shanghai’ A Memoir of Socialites, Scholars & Scoundrels

Additional information

Weight 2.5 lbs
Dimensions 15.5 × 12.65 × 2 in

Hardcover – $39.99, Paperback – $29.99

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