[Pexers Write-Ups] Shin Jung Tae: Encountering Shanghai
Encountering Shanghai is an anthropological adventure for Jung Tae. Even if he does not know its exotic terms he first got in touch with its cultural brokers: Old Man Fly and So-so. Both provided information, no matter how skewed, to him who is a newcomer, at best a visitor. They also interpreted the behavior of people Jung Tae will meet. This way, they both facilitated crossing of invisible borders between life ways and habits that are not the same.
Jung Tae is an observer of his surroundings-its sight,sounds and smell. He soon got the hang of it as he moved around and as he is brought around. He needed to have these ease to ensure his mission in coming to Shanghai is fulfilled -first to attend to his father’s death no matter how outwardly he hated him and to find his sister.
He had to become a participant in the public funeral rites of the community for his late father. Unknown to him his father’s body had been the object of a shameless tug of war between the gatekeepers of the community. What is worst, one of them caused his father’s indirect death and the other his direct reason to die.
These gatekeepers were individuals who controlled access to resources thus have status in the community. They were the elite Hwangbang,the populist Bangsamtong,the elders and the Japanese asserting their influence as well in Shanghai.
The intersecting but conflicting interests of these groups puts Jung Tae in a difficult and dangerous bind. He is being used to preserve and maintain their status quo. His very life is at risk as he is bent on finding his father’s killers. Will there be a role for him to fill in the community his father built?
It is ironic that the very people supposedly honoring his father’s legacy are responsible for his demise. In due time, all these will be revealed to Jung Tae. How he will cope with all these impacts the development of his character.
He had lost his early source of support- his hyungs though unrelated by blood, his friend and confidante Ddol Jang and the Dobi gang who nurtured him. But Ok Ryeon is reunited with him though he has to woo and win her on his own efforts this time.
Encountering Shanghai poses new circumstances and new challenges. Growth and change happen through new stimuli. This time the adult Shin Jung Tae is fully on his own to respond, to assert, to fight for his own place under the Asian Sun. Whatever it takes. He can choose to leave, but who knows if his destiny lies in Shanghai.
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Chi trans: 爱賢21度C + eng trans: kelemama
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