Kevin Smith

Mar 5, 2021

7 min read

Granny Above the Bell, the Price of Gentrification

Shanghai Snippets

One of Tianzifang’s many alleyways

“Happy birthday to you, happy bir — ,” and as if someone had flicked a switch, we were plunged into darkness. Illuminating her cherubic face in the glow of a flashlight, the owner of the tiny bar, Amay, smiled mischievously, and said, “I’ll handle this.” Sliding behind one of the sofas, she slipped out the backdoor. From a door window we could see Amay’s head…