As usual, Shanghai was full of traffic jams. If reaching Zhou Juemin’s office was an extremely slow and difficult process, fixing a meeting with Zhou Meihua was even worse. She is the last of the women entrepreneurs to be interviewed, the owner of a small company, and that is why she has a different (and complementary) profile from the rest of the interviewed entrepreneurs.

When I finally reach Zhou Juemin’s office half an hour late, the entrepreneur has still not arrived. Her zhuli takes me to the room next to Zhou Juemin’s office where she brings me those small sachets with coffee, milk and sugar (which is the “coffee” the few Chinese that still drink coffee usually ...

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