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Making Rural China Urban

China researcher Mi Shih offers her insight on the new approach to rural development launched by the new regime in 2012, called chengzhenhua, or literally “city- and town-ification”. From The China Story: Chinese...

Is the Most Famous Peasant a Dictator?

Wu Renbao, the Party chief of Huaxi Village, died of lung cancer on Monday, stirring up a debate over his dictatorial policies that created one of China’s leading rural economies. From Amy Li at South China Morning Post:...

Return to River Town

Peter Hessler, the former New Yorker correspondent in Beijing, also wrote a best-selling book in 2001, River Town, which documented his two years teaching English as a Peace Corps volunteer in a town that was on the verge of...

China Pledges Rural Reforms to Boost Incomes

As part of incoming Premier Li Keqiang’s plan to focus on China’s urbanization, new policies will aim to develop rural regions and narrow the rural-urban divide. From Bloomberg: The government will increase...

The Great Migration: Chinese Workers Return Home

For Marketplace, Rob Schmitz visits with migrant laborers who have returned home to cities and towns in China’s interior from coastal factories, following an upsurge in investment there: Zhang Xianjun just returned from a...

Photographs Capture a Disappearing China

With rapid and profound economic and social changes underway in China, many aspects of day-to-day life are being transformed. Several artists have recently made efforts to document the current way of life for Chinese families as...

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%...

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