Between 1933 and 1941, China opened its doors to 18,000 Jewish refugees fleeing the Holocaust. Shanghai housed the Jews in these European-styled buildings, and the refugees would go on to live alongside the local Chinese population for years. In 2014, the tenements still stand, home to thousands of Chinese residents. I run my hand against the texture of these walls; the plaster peels back scabs of history, echoes of human stories buried deep beneath cheap stickers and plastic Chinese furniture. Sometimes the world doesn’t fall together so neatly. Sometimes it’s mussed and tangled. This building is a knot in time, held fast and bound forever.