In America, I think many ABCs move away from their parents nests and the embrace of their family (*ahem ahem*), because either they just can’t stand their parents, or because they want more personal freedom. People in China on the other hand move to the city where all the jobs are, leaving families behind in the rural countryside. I wonder if there’s a correlation between the two? Why is it that women (who traditionally don’t buy houses) end up going to the factory, where the guy stays in the fields? I wonder how the new marriage law will affect these couples split between the city and countryside. To draw a connection between these two contrasts, one could actually argue the fact that families in today’s society has become a form of economic burden upon the breadwinner. Actually, I will admit: It’s self-projection.
Really, why is it that most of these urban jobs have been targeting more women than men? Why is it that people in the countryside can’t afford education for their kids, nor sustain a living? There are many reasons, but one that I would like to point out is child education. Elementary and middle School are compulsory, but not high school and college –truly the mark of a nation still in development. However, even though elementary and middle school are compulsory, it is not free. However, this still doesn’t explain why it is more profitable to work in the cities, as opposed to farming. One would think that even a growing urban class would want food to eat. So why aren’t farmers making any money? Maybe it’s because they don’t trust the radioactive cabbage.
China’s economy may be on the rise, but at the expense of rural families. Believe it or not, this is actually a worldwide phenomenon. The only reason why most farms stay in business, are thanks to cash crops, which are funded by interests of giant corporations, which means, many middle men in the process, taking crops grown in China, and selling it to the world for cheap, while the farmers themselves are left with nothing. Too many middle men, and much more exploitation. Everyone seems to be talking about fair trade among nations, but what about fair trade within a nation, among rural and urban folks? Fair Trade Coffee Initiatives were sought after to pay the growers directly for their efforts. Can the same be done for crops grown in rural China?