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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Luigi Tomba (Australian)

Luigi Tomba is the director of University of SydneyÕs China Studies Centre. He is a political scientist whose work covers many aspects of ChinaÕs political and social change, with a particular interest in the consequences of ChinaÕs 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.Ê