China Along the Yellow River: Reflections on Rural Society by Cao Jinqing

By Cao Jinqing

This article had an enormous impression in its unique chinese language model. Reviewed within the a ways East fiscal evaluation as 'one of the richest images of the chinese language geographical region released within the reform era', it charts a protracted trip in the course of the hinterland quarter of the Yellow River undertaken by means of the writer among 1994 and 1996. It examines in exhaustive aspect the lives and paintings of peasants, celebration and native executive officers, supplying a wealth of knowledge at the nature of existence in post-reform rural China. the writer argues that worldwide integration is however the most up-to-date 'great step forward' in a succession of reforms over 100 years.

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The Village Party Secretary continued to talk about the xianggu mushroom cultivation. ‘After the land was distributed to families,’ he said, ‘they were able to keep themselves fed and clothed, but what they needed was cash. Nowadays it’s more and more necessary to have a disposable income, to buy school books for the children, to build a house and buy fertilisers and pesticides. ’ It was clear that this Village Party Secretary had put all his hopes for wealth creation in the village into xianggu mushroom growing.

In 1991, a poultry farm was set up and Y150,000 was invested, of which Y140,000 was borrowed from the bank (it was easy to do it at that time, since the county wanted to encourage collective enterprises). Most of the eggs were sold to a Guangzhou egg incubation factory. It did well between 1992 and 1994; it repaid its debts and made Y20,000–30,000 per year for the village. However, in 1995 it lost more than Y30,000. This was partly due to a rise in the price of chicken feed and a fall in egg prices.

The Village Party Secretary continued to talk about the xianggu mushroom cultivation. ‘After the land was distributed to families,’ he said, ‘they were able to keep themselves fed and clothed, but what they needed was cash. Nowadays it’s more and more necessary to have a disposable income, to buy school books for the children, to build a house and buy fertilisers and pesticides. ’ It was clear that this Village Party Secretary had put all his hopes for wealth creation in the village into xianggu mushroom growing.

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