rural China

Migration in Shaanxi Complicates Farmer’s Lives

Ian Johnson reports for a New York Times series on mass migration in China that a 200 billion dollar project will relocate 2.4 million farmers from the Shaanxi mountains to towns that have been “built from scratch on...

From Sand to Skyscrapers: Inside China’s Newest City

As Beijing plans to move hundreds of millions into China’s cities, Tom Phillips reports from Lanzhou New Area, a new city under construction in Gansu province for which 700 mountains were condemned to be flattened: Its...

Mass Migration Planned For China’s Rural Population

A New York Times video and a report by Ian Johnson state that the Chinese government plans to move 250,000,000 people from farms to housing in cities in the next 12 to 15 years with a goal to place 70% of its citizens in urban...

Inequality in China: O Brother, Where Art Thou?

The Economist looks at research into the extent to which China’s considerable inequality of outcomes is due to inequality of opportunity. One method of investigation involves comparisons between siblings, but in China,...

An Advocate for China’s Rural Poor

In 2008, lawyer Liu Yao (刘尧) advocated for farmers whose land was being illegally requisitioned. A scuffle by the farmers at Lankou hydropower station, the site under construction on their property, landed Liu in jail. Tom...

Slideshow: A Wedding in Rural Yunnan

Photographer and blogger “Flying Bird and Fish” posted a group of photos of a wedding in rural Yunnan. He says that generally Chinese parents don’t hesitate to spend most of their savings on their...

Slideshow: Road to School

A blogger “Flying Bird and Fish” posted a series of photos he took in a mountain area showing some rural children walking to school in a dangerous cliff road. He says that he was scared to see the scene. His hands were...

China Wheelie Promo Video

Vimeo.com carries a short video by Rob Luxton documents his journey in China. His video introduction is as below: Rob Luxton’s adventure on a three wheeled recumbent tricycle will take him 25,000km all around China,...

Documentary: The Life of Rural Chinese Children

This documentary tells about the life of left-behind children in rural China whose parents move to the cities in search of work. These children are taken care of by their grandparents, other relatives or by themselves. Some of...

China Tests Micro-Insurance For Rural Poor

Wu Qi of Xinhua reports on the government’s latest efforts to introduce micro-insurance to rural China. Dai Yongheng never imagined he would make history. But he did just that on Sept. 3, 2008. The middle-aged farmer from...

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