Introduction: taste, class culture and the print media in contemporary China -- Exemplary tastes, memories of class. History as cultural sources: postreform nostalgia and select memories of the past -- Narrating city, placing class. Reconfiguration of space as "fix" and "niche" -- Writing Shanghai for good taste and affluence -- Looking for the peach blossom spring: Chengdu mode -- Aesthetic-politics of prosperity: romancing the middle class. White-collar romance -- Re-establishing bourgeois and middleclass sentiments -- Afterword.
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