Small Businesses in the Shadow of Modernization

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Get a glimpse into the local businesses in an off the beaten path neighborhood. China’s urbanization has almost wiped out these small traditional businesses, but a few have held on. We will begin our visit at a nut roastery that has been passed down from father to son, and taste their signature peanuts. After, we will stop at a store that has been in business selling traditional Jinhua ham for close to 80 years. Next, we’ll try Tang Yuan soup from a half-century old restaurant, where locals line up for the few available seats. Finally, we’ll meet a tailor that has served the community for 50 years and visit a fabric store where the locals buy fabric for bedding. Lisa Zhu will explain how these small businesses survive in this changing environment and what will become of them as Shanghai continues to modernize.

Thursday, April 20

9:15am registration, 9:30am to 11:30am

Fuxing Lu and Shunchang Lu
(metro lines 10 or 13 to Xintiandi, exit 1, then walk east two blocks along Fuxing Lu to Shunchang Lu)
复兴路 顺昌路

RMB 230 (includes famous roasted peanuts and bowl of Tang Yuan soup)

Please email by April 17, under subject type “Small Businesses” and include your membership number and mobile phone number. SEA cancellation policy applies after April 17. SEA coordinator is Beth Howder, mobile: 150-0017-4461.