In 1924, the artist Yamamura K6ka (1885-1942) produced a colour
woodcut depicting the dance hall of the New Carlton Hotel in Shanghai.
In this print, two women are seated at a round table. One has bobbed hair;
the other wears a red hat. Both wear western dress, but the embroidered
jacket draped on one of the chairs suggests the fashion for Chinoiserie.
Two cocktail glasses on the table contain red cherries. Several couples
dance in the background of the picture, the women all with similar bobbed
hair. The male dancing partners are barely visible and the women are seen
from behind, giving them a sense of anonymity. The lack of individual
features of the women dancing in the background also suggests a degree of
interchangeability between the women. They are most likely "taxi
dancers", who dance with the male patrons for a fee paid to the dance hall.
The ethnicised and racialised positioning of the dancing women is unclear,
but at least one of the seated women appears to be of "European"
appearance. The women in the dance hall, with their bobbed hair, western
dress and cocktails clearly reference the style of the "modern girl".