长乐路 | Street of Eternal Happiness by Rob Schmitz

    长乐路 | Street of Eternal Happiness by Rob Schmitz
    在地图上,长乐路是一段很短的波浪线,位于上海市中心地标人民广场的西南方。我的家在波浪线的最西端。从窗口向下望,树叶堆成的华盖常年都在两层楼高处徘徊。
    中国极少有这般绿树成荫的街道。

    19世纪中叶,当欧美国家瓜分这座城市、划界而治时,法国人在租界里种下了这些梧桐。将近一个世纪后,法国人走了,树留了下来。日本人曾轰炸并占领过上海一段时间,但最终他们也从这座城市撤离,梧桐完好无损。随后,共产党来了,经历了“文化大革命”、阶级斗争,很多人英年早逝。这些树依旧傲然挺立。

    Modern Shanghai: a global city in the midst of a renaissance, where dreamers arrive each day to partake in a mad torrent of capital, ideas, and opportunity. Marketplace’s Rob Schmitz is one of them. He immerses himself in his neighborhood, forging deep relationships with ordinary people who see in the city’s sleek skyline a brighter future, and a chance to rewrite their destinies.

    There’s Zhao, whose path from factory floor to shopkeeper is sidetracked by her desperate measures to ensure a better future for her sons. Down the street lives Auntie Fu, a fervent capitalist forever trying to improve herself with religion and get-rich-quick schemes while keeping her skeptical husband at bay.

    Up a flight of stairs, musician and café owner CK sets up shop to attract young dreamers like himself, but learns he’s searching for something more. As Schmitz becomes more involved in their lives, he makes surprising discoveries which untangle the complexities of modern China: A mysterious box of letters that serve as a portal to a family’s – and country’s – dark past, and an abandoned neighborhood where fates have been violently altered by unchecked power and greed.
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