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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...

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...

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