Previous Publications


Dr Meyer narrates the history of the Baghdadi Jews who began arriving in Shanghai in 1845, and created a vibrant community that lasted for a century. She examines the interaction between these Baghdadi Jews and their Ashkenazi coreligionists, who escaped from religious persecution in Russia, and some 20,000 refugess from Nazi persecution. The Japanese occupation during World War II, and the city’s subsequent incorporation into the Peoples’ Republic of China in 1949, signaled the end of the community with its members scattered across the world.” (Michael Pollak, author)

From the Rivers of Babylon to the Whangpoo has been reprinted with additional photographs. The book can be ordered from for $68 + p&p. Alternatively, it can be ordered for $50 + p&p by emailing:

“Dr Meyer’s book offers a vivid compelling portrait of a Jewish community recasting its identity as it reshapes the landscape of Shanghai.”

Professor Vera Schwarcz, (Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award) Chair of the History Department, Wesleyan University.

“Told in vivid detail, the lives, customs, and traditions of this immigrant group emerges against the backdrop of the Shanghai treaty port in the 19th and 20th centuries and a turbulent era of rebellions and war in China.”

Professor Irene Eber, Truman Research Institute, Hebrew University.

Articles and Book Chapters

  • “A Great Leap Forward?” Jewish Quarterly, Spring 2005, Number 197, London
  • “The Inter-relationship of Jewish Communities in Shanghai,” Immigrants and Minorities, July, 2001.
  • “Baghdadi Jewish Merchants in Shanghai and the Opium Trade”, Jewish Culture and History 2, no. 1, 1999.
  • “The Shanghai Society for the Rescue of the Chinese Jews,” together with Donald D Leslie, in Albert Dien (ed.),Sino-Judaica: Occasional Papers of the Sino-Judaic Institute 2, 1995.
  • “The Sephardi Jewish Community of Shanghai and the Question of Identity” in Roman Malek (ed.), Monumenta Serica Monograph Series 46, 2000.
  • “Three Prominent Sephardi Jews,” in Albert Dien (ed.), Sino-Judaica: Occasional Papers of the Sino-Judaic Institute 2, 1995.
  • “Spanning Oceans: Solid Links between Baghdadi Jews in India and China” in Pan Guan (ed.), The Jews in Asia: Comparative Perspectives, CJSS Jewish & Israeli Studies Series Vol.1
  • “Baghdadi Jews, Chinese “Jews” and Chinese” Peter Kupfer (Hrsg.), Youtai – Presence and Perception of Jews and Judaism in China, Peter Lang 2008.