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An insider's account of existence in Gao village in Jiangxi province in China, the writer of this article was once born and taken up within the village, prior to leaving on the age of 21 to check English at Xiamen college. He nonetheless returns every year to the village to go to his brother who keeps to reside there. The paintings covers a forty yr interval and will be divided up into 4 exact issues: the village sooner than and after land reform; the commune procedure; the dismantling of the communes; and the unfolding impression of the industry economic climate - together with transforming into migration to city components - from the late-1980s onwards. the writer concludes that even though the PRC has regularly discriminated opposed to rural citizens, who're generically known as "peasants", the novel rules carried out through the Cultural Revolution led to seen advancements in schooling and well-being care.

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