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An estimate of rural exodus in China using location-aware data
I'd have preferred much more insight into what the the internal debates are around these issues: what are the various options that Chinese politicians and thinkers are proposing and considering, and what choices are they likely to make rather than just what the author thinks they should make? This is another really good book about current Chinese society, a book I plan to read at least once more to help all the ideas sink in.
I also plan to read it again because it was enjoyable -- even though it wasn't historical fiction, a love story or a murder mystery! Go figure! Feb 17, Chris rated it really liked it. Fascinating, thought repetitive and not very deep. Jun 24, Nicole Means rated it really liked it.
Having spent a month in China during summer , I had some knowledge of the major challenges that development has had on China.
What boggled me then, and continues to today, is that millions of people have been uprooted to make room for development. For example, in their effort to ready themselves for the Olympics, rows and rows of historic hutong homes were being demolished.
This land would, in turn, be used to construct million dollar high rise buildings thus displacing citizens. Additi Having spent a month in China during summer , I had some knowledge of the major challenges that development has had on China. Additionally, thousands of people were displaced from their homes in preparation of the wall that would protect the cities from rising water level caused by the massive Three Gorges Dam project.
Cities are encroaching into villages forcing millions of farmers to abandon their traditional lifestyles.
However, many are unequipped with the skills to survive in the urban world and are disenfranchised from the urban realm and its economic benefits. Many rural citizens are pushed into urban life by promises of government compensation but cannot realistically make ends meet as the demands of urban life are much more than anticipated. Furthermore, there is such a large stigma placed on the migrant workers that they are treated as undocumented citizens within their own country.
If China is ever to create an egalitarian society, they must integrate every citizen, rural and urban, into society. I am left contemplating whether this antiquated hukou system violates basic human rights.
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- An estimate of rural exodus in China using location-aware data.
I hope that Miller considers a revised edition of this text because, although this book is nearly four years old, I can only imagine the changes that have taken place since publication. Apr 12, Dragos rated it really liked it. A good overall piece dealing with China's growing population, Miller's book is not particularly deep but quite insightful.
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Building on interviews and data sets gathered by the author it charts the shifts in demographics from an critical liberal angle addressing the idea of urban inequality and Chinese authoritarianism, corruption and growth quotas making the problem worse. Overall a good book on the topic well worth the read.
Jun 14, Charlie Pownall rated it it was amazing Shelves: china , favorites. Fascinating insights into urbanisation in China, the hukou system and why China's cities appear to be littered with vast empty buildings.
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