Two Chinese Villages, Two Views of Rural Poverty – Maureen Fan

From the Washington Post:

Ph2006073101026Nestled mid-slope in the foothills of China’s second-poorest province, Dacitan is a village run almost entirely by , mothers who work the potato and wheat fields while their husbands are away.

Seventy miles to the east, perched on a remote mountain ridge above a collapsing dirt road, Sale is thick with men who sit idle, hoping for opportunity that never arrives and women who rarely do.

Both are Muslim villages populated by members of the ethnic Hui minority, and both are stark examples of the cost of China’s blistering . [Full text]

See also the Washington Post photo essay “China’s Great Divider of the Sexes.

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