When Rob Schmitz, a reporter for Marketplace, began writing about modern China, he was overwhelmed by the scope of his project. He decided to focus on a microcosm of the Chinese experience — his own street. Schmitz has lived on Changle Lu street in Shanghai since 2010. He interviewed the street’s residents, including survivors of labor camps, ambitious entrepreneurs, victims of investment scams, migrant workers and expats. Schmitz joins Forum to discuss his book, “Street of Eternal Happiness,” and what one street can reveal about the cultural and political changes roiling Chinese society.

Reporter Rob Schmitz Tells the Story of a City in Transition Through a Single Shanghai Street 1 June,2016carlosg

Rob Schmitz, China Correspondent for "Marketplace" on American Public Media - He is the author of "Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road."

  • Robert Thomas

    The flavor of abject failure today with the new KQED website is that the 9:00 Forum segment webpage is completely broken and will allow no comments.

    • Bill_Woods

      Seems to be working now.

      • Robert Thomas

        Thanks. I just reloaded (again) and see that it’s working.

        Before whatever repair was effected, attempting to view the page source resulted in

        “Error Loading Site | 502 Bad Gateway”


        “Site Owners: A request for either a page, script, process, or query has taken too long to complete and has been cancelled due to a bad gateway. You should visit your error log for more information.”

  • Robert Thomas

    Why do affluent Chinese people imagine that they’re protected from being the victims of a second Cultural Revolution?

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