book of changes ep 1.1

I forgot to post this short introduction to the redistricting of Bao’an County into Shenzhen Municipality, and subsequently into the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone and its suburbs or outer districts.

book of changes ep. 4

In this episode of Shenzhen Book of Changes, we’re visiting Ms. Cai, who rents a stall in the Dongmen Textile Market. Several years ago, she migrated to Shenzhen from a small city in northern Hubei to be closer to her daughter. She possessed the tenacity and business savvy to start up a small business in this bustling city of migrants.

playback shenzhen

Established in 2007, Shenzhen’s Ya Ya Theatre is an amateur troupe that specializes in playback theatre, a form of improv in which audience members tell stories from their lives and watch players enact the story. Ya Ya meets once a week to rehearse and have occasional performances in diverse venues, including Shenzhen’s indie bookstore Feidi (飞地书局), the Yuehai Community Culture Station, and Shenzhen’s Fringe Festival. On Saturday September 23, they brought their program “One Person, One Story” to Handshake 302. What follows are impressions and clips from that program. Continue reading

entrepreneur dreams in baishizhou

Episode 3 of Shenzhen Book of Changes is up! Like millions of migrants, Hu Yuefu has come to Shenzhen to make a life and business for himself. We visit Baishizhou – Shenzhen’s largest urban village – to learn his story.

shenzhen book of changes 2.1

More on the complexities of the situation of Chinese migrant labor and its similarities to the situation of illegal immigrants in the United States.

shenzhen book of changes ep. 2

Our interview with Mr. Zhou in Henggang is now online. We also offer a simple introduction to the hukou system.

shenzhen book of changes

I’ve started a new video project, “Shenzhen Book of Changes” with Marco Flagg. Our first episode is up on Facebook.