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Life of a Shanghai popcorn street vendor

Life of a Shanghai popcorn street vendor

Yuan Zhaobao explains why he can't stop making the nostalgic Shanghai snack

You’ll hear 42-year-old Yuan Zhaobao at work long before you see him.

When you hear what sounds like a fusillade of gunshots on the streets of Shanghai's Putuo district, chances are it’s the crackling sound of his smoky old-style popcorn popper, providing a bit of nostalgia and a scare to go along with your snack.

This is the story of Yuan, a mobile street popcorn vendor.

Interview by Rebecca Kanthor, photos by Hippo

Rebecca Kanthor is an American freelance writer and producer based in Shanghai.
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