Blinkist Blockchain Chicken Farm is an examination of the way technology is entangled with everyday life. This sweeping survey of life in rural China unpacks the social, political, and economic changes we can expect in the twenty-first century.
Blinkist Blockchain Chicken Farm
China is the product of complex relationships between the urban and rural.
Every year, all across China, a great migration takes place. As winter begins to thaw, people crowd into buses, pack train stations, and take to the highway. They’re on the move for Chunyun, or the Spring festival.
During this national holiday, more than 300 million people travel from China’s massive cities to their laojai, or ancestral homes, in the countryside. It gives urban workers a rare chance to reconnect with their roots and visit the older generations who remain in smaller towns and villages.
But these hinterlands aren’t just places of rest and respite. China’s extensive rural landscape has played a central role in the county’s economic, political, and social development.
The key message here is: China is the product of complex relationships between the urban and rural.
In the Western imagination, contemporary China is often defined by crowded megacities like Shanghai, Beijing, and Shenzhen. But when the People’s Republic of China was founded back in 1949, the country was largely rural and agrarian. In fact, Mao Zedong and the Chinese Communist Party were only able to take power by galvanizing the nation’s extensive peasant population against the cities.
After establishing the People’s Republic, the communist government was determined to develop China. It wanted to raise the standard of living and compete with Western powers. This initial attempt to industrialize was known as the Great Leap Forward. To implement it, the state relied on rural communities and resources.
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