Authors: Lily, Gab, Clare
We began the day three with a captivating lecture on Chinese intellectual property law presented by Professor Liu Yongpei. It was a very informative lecture which delved into the nitty-gritty of trademark, copyright and patent law.
For many of the us, this was our first encounter with intellectual property at Law School and therefore Professor Yongpei had quite a task on his hands!! We asked challenging questions of the professor – and he thoughtfully and thoroughly answered. By the end of the lecture, we were comfortable enough with the knowledge we had gained on the topic to debate the details of music copyright licensing!
After the interactive lecture, the majority of the group decided to mix it up from the daily university lunch and venture out to a nearby basement food court to fill our grumbling bellies with some delicious hot pot, noodle soup and what was probably our fifth bubble tea of the trip. You can never get enough bubble tea!
University Museum Tour
Filled with delicious food, the group reunited to partake in an intriguing tour of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Museum which was established in 1996 within the old university library. The tour guide directed us through the exhibition halls containing photos and documents which were used to give a thoughtful insight into the university’s development throughout the last century. Also displayed were the numerous achievements of those who taught or studied at the university, including the effort to open up the institute to the international world. Their achievements are one reason why we are able to undertake classes at this prestigious university.
After the tour of the University museum the group split up for some further exploring. About a half an hour walk away from our hotel and tucked away in the basement of an apartment complex (a difficult find despite the aid of google maps) is the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Museum. Punching above its weight as the 5th highest rated museum in China this small and seemingly inconsequential basement proved an incredibly informative insight into China’s history and governmental policy. The posters were displayed in chronological order from the early 1900s up until the 1990s so provided a great reflection of the development of China throughout the last century, particularly how the government effected the mass conscience of its citizens through targeted propaganda.
Some of us then headed off to Tianzifang which is part of the old French Concession area. Its narrow neon lit alleyways and plethora of niche stores set the perfect storm for a ‘who could get the best insta story’ competition and was a great end to yet another fabulous day here in Shanghai.