Through his book Street of Eternal Happiness, Shanghai correspondent for NPR, Rob Schmitz, has created a memorable portrait of the people who live, hope and struggle on a single street in China’s most dynamic metropolis. In a fascinating conversation with political scientist and china expert Luigi Tomba, Rob cuts through tired stereotypes and reveals a society of extraordinary texture and complex humanity.

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Rob Schmitz (International)

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Rob Schmitz is the Shanghai Correspondent for NPR and the author of Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road. He has won several awards for his reporting on China, including two national Edward R. Murrow awards. His exposé of performer Mike Daisey's fabrications about Apple's supply chain on This American Life was the most downloaded episode in the program's history, becoming a finalist for the 2012 Investigative Reporters and Editors award.

Luigi Tomba (Australian)

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Luigi Tomba is the director of University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre. He is a political scientist whose work covers many aspects of China’s political and social change, with a particular interest in the consequences of China’s urbanisation on its society and governance. His latest book on urban neighbourhood life and politics The Government Next Door: Neighbourhood Politics in Urban China was honoured by the American Association for Asian studies with the 2016 Joseph Levenson prize.