rural areas

Translation: Long Lockdowns in China’s Border Towns

As China doubles down on its zero-COVID policy, Shanghai struggles through a sixth week of lockdown, and Beijing expands mass testing and targeted closures, many smaller Chinese cities and towns have endured much longer periods...

Rural Pollution: China’s Bad Earth

At The Wall Street Journal, Josh Chin and Brian Spegele explore the environmental deterioration of China’s countryside, which threatens to undermine both the security of the country’s food supply and the legitimacy...

Photographer Documents Toll of Labor Migration

In 2011, photographer Liu Jie captured the division of Chinese families by labor migration in a series of portraits. Against scenic countryside backdrops, his subjects posed with empty chairs representing family members who had...

Xi’s Visit Lifts a Village, But Lays Bare Rural Woes

China’s countryside, where almost half of its population still lives, lags far behind the cities in its level of development. Average incomes are less than a third of their urban counterparts, and economic migration has...

Pollution In Fashion and Under Rugs

Outsourced pollution is a convenient effect of outsourced manufacturing. A paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last year found that once it was taken into account, developed countries’ apparent 2%...

Empty Chairs Symbolise Pain of Rural China

Ministry of Tofu has posted a set of photos by Xinhua’s Liu Jie, which poignantly reflect the separation of millions of families by mass labour migration and tight residence restrictions. Due to the massive urbanization...

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