What happens when you go in search of family history? Or in this case the history of your husband’s family? Is it possible to find traces of the past in a city as complex as Shanghai, one that has rushed to modernity? And what about friendships formed almost a century ago? Gretchen Liu shares her adventures in research as she tracked down Singapore pioneer artist Liu Kang’s fascinating Shanghai experiences in art and friendship in ‘the Paris of the Orient' 1926-1937.