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By Cao Jinqing

ISBN-10: 0203480244

ISBN-13: 9780203480243

ISBN-10: 0415341132

ISBN-13: 9780415341134

This article had a massive influence in its unique chinese language model. Reviewed within the a long way East monetary assessment as 'one of the richest snap shots of the chinese language nation-state released within the reform era', it charts an extended trip in the course of the hinterland zone of the Yellow River undertaken through the writer among 1994 and 1996. It examines in exhaustive aspect the lives and paintings of peasants, get together and native executive officers, offering a wealth of knowledge at the nature of existence in post-reform rural China. the writer argues that international integration is however the newest 'great breakthrough' in a succession of reforms over 100 years.

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We got no advance warning of them, they just happened, and we couldn’t carry on production. ’ ‘We’ve twice got xiangs and villages to set up collective enterprises,’ added Liu. ‘The first time was 1987–8, and the second was 1992–3. All xiangs and villages had to set them up, and whether or not cadres succeeded in this had a direct effect on their career. If they did, it was a feather in their cap. If they didn’t they were publicly criticised, or demoted. So set them up they did—everywhere. But to my knowledge, of all the enterprises which we put so much pressure on them to get going, almost none are still operating normally.

When I was in the country a few days ago, I was talking to a farmer about official corruption and excessive taxation,’ Hu continued. ‘This 40-year-old peasant said to me angrily, “There’ll come a day when we won’t stand for it any more. When that time comes, I’ll be the first to have a go at the local government. ’ Mr Hu’s words made up my mind for me: I wanted to go to his village, first to see why the peasants had cut down their apple trees, and second to talk to this disaffected farmer. Of the four levels of local government—province, city (regional), county and xiang— the county was pre-eminent.

Of course, central government policies, combined with the influence of the urban economy and culture, had brought about many changes in rural society: the peasants, now that once again they were able to manage their own production, were developing ever more extensive links with the market economy. With the advent of television and the increase in the number of villagers seeking work in the cities, the younger generation were adopting an urban lifestyle. Would these two factors lead to fundamental change in rural society?

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