About the show
Playing tracks by
Kawaw Siang Thong, O Paon, Noah & The Whale, Atlas Sound, Loscil and more.
At 2 a.m. at the Shanghai Moon Club, on Shanghai's Zhaojiabang Road, Zhang Qing, a 22-year-old prostitute, sips coconut milk, munches cashews, and talks about how caring her employers are: "I make 1,500 renminbi ($ 260) a month -- about what it costs to live in Shanghai. My boss makes sure I get at least that much." And there's an added comfort: "It's extremely safe to work in this club, extremely safe." It certainly should be. The owner of this karaoke bar/brothel, according to well-informed diplomats, is the Public Security Bureau (PSB), China's national police force. Its closest commercial competitor, located opposite the nearby Jin Jiang hotel, is a club owned by Shanghai's savior-from-sin of 44 years ago, the People's Liberation Army (PLA).