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CURRENT CONVERSATIONS: The Human Approach to Journalism

Panelists: Rob Schmitz and Sylvie Levey

CURRENT CONVERSATIONS: The Human Approach to Journalism
Documenting the experience of ordinary Chinese in 21st century Shanghai

Moderator: John Villar, RAS Program Director

Rob Schmitz is the Shanghai correspondent for National Public Radio (USA) and author of Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road (2016). He first came to China in 1996 as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Sichuan Province. From 2010 to 2016, Schmitz was the China correspondent for Marketplace, a USA-based public radio business program and reported on a range of topics illustrating China’s role in the global economy.

Sylvie Levey is a Shanghai-based journalist, documentary filmmaker and consultant. She has made over 20 documentaries, many for French television, including Shanghai: Waiting for Paradise (2008). For nearly 20 years she’s lived in China and worked in more than 25 provinces.

Rob in his recent book, and Sylvie in her documentaries, have documented the experience of ordinary people living amidst China’s rapidly changing society. This conversation is an opportunity for Rob and Sylvie to discuss their experience interacting with their informants and to share their insights into the art of conducting and documenting informal, on-the-ground anthropological research.

John Villar is an architect by training and a philosopher at heart. John uses his philosophical approach to question Current Conversation panelists. He’s lived in Shanghai since 2009.

Current Conversations is an occasional series bringing together panelists and the RAS community to discuss topics of current interest. In a moderated discussion format, each discussion explores a topic within its historical and cultural context.

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