rural poor

Workers Sent Back To Countryside In Poverty Alleviation Drive

China has declared it will eliminate absolute poverty—defined as making under 4,000 yuan ($600) annually—by the end of this year. Towards that goal, China is enacting a new policy with a familiar ring: sending workers down to...

In China, Betting It All on a Child in College

China’s success in massively increasing college attendance has outpaced corresponding shifts in its job market, producing a growing “ant tribe” of un- or underemployed graduates. In the latest part of the New...

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...

China to Raise Poverty Threshold

On Tuesday the central government announced that they would raise the rural poverty line from the 2009 per-capita threshold of 1,274 yuan (about $200) to 2,300 yuan (about $360, or just below $1 a day). This means that many more...

A China Newly Rich and Still Quite Poor

For the New York Times, Didi Kirsten Tatlow reports from a glamorous party for Vogue China’s fifth anniversary and contrasts it to a new book about the lives of China’s villagers: The atmosphere was gilded and...

Chinese Tresses Going for Hair-Raising Prices

The popularity of natural hair extensions is driving up the price of human hair, but the market surge isn’t trickling down to the base suppliers – poor women in rural China. From the Yomiuri Shimbun: Tetsuya Oura, a 29-year-old...

Low-Cost PC Aimed at Poor, Rural China – AP

Lenovo, aiming to retain a large share of the Chinese computer market, will begin producing a cheap computer for low-income Chinese. The computer can be connected to a television set and will come with a keyboard and processor. From the Chicago Tribune: Lenovo Group Ltd. said Friday that it will sell a basic personal computer […]

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