On the evening of September 8, 1922, Xi Shangzhen, a twenty-four-year-old female clerk, hung herself in the office of her employer, Tang Jiezhi, the managing director of the Journal of Commerce. The city's newspapers were ignited with impassioned debates on what had led Xi to suicide: her failed investment in the stock market bubble of 1921, which would burst a year later, or her employer's insult toward her personhood as a new woman? Three months later, Tang was sentenced by a Chinese court to three years in prison and then held in a military prison until 1928, three years after the expiration of his original sentence. In this creatively structured book, Bryna Goodman masterfully tracks the evidentiary trails of this “multifaceted event—a suicide, social scandal, speculative bubble, and legal case” (p. 209). By parsing the warps and wefts spun with “office spaces, print culture, associational practices, financial and legal...

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