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101 East – China: Broken Dreams [Al Jazeera]


Al Jazeera ponders the problem of Chinese social equality in its rising ant tribe class. Running time: 24minutes.

Uniquely Chinese problem or problem with paradigms meeting? Just one generation of growing pains into this new paradigm shift from absolute monolithic collectivism to deliberative authoritarian capitalism, the cross-pollination is far from complete.

Especially so perhaps, when it has to mesh with embedded familial values and long-running notions of state in a hyper compressed time/space of just 30 years of modernisation, reform and breaking out of its Great Wall mentality. Only one generation into this new paradigm shift, China has accelerated into an immensely competitive environment domestically. Paying fees to attend job fairs, and competing with over 9 to 10 million peers for the college examinations yearly. There are explicit teething problems such as the antiquated Hukou (reform under way), but therein perhaps – lies implicit opportunity for a grand redesign.

Perhaps a more useful takeaway is – what will the rise of this ant tribe 蚁族 (click for New York Times report) amount to?

How will they evolve into a new muscle in China’s consciousness? Ant tribes could very well be the foundation for the nucleus of the future Chinese work force.

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101 East – China: Broken Dreams
by Fauziah Ibrahim
Source – Al Jazeera, published August 24, 2012

Many young Chinese are losing faith in China’s economic miracle. Even though the country is poised to overtake the US in the next decade as the world’s largest, fewer Chinese feel they share the prosperity. 101 East explores the disillusionment. Al Jazeera, August 24, 2012

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One Response

  1. Godfree says:

    This coverage is amazingly, and perhaps deliberately lazy and misleading.
    Less exciting, but more helpful to general readers, would have been a discussion of why China is going through such breakneck transformation (“to avoide being bullied”) and what the Chinese people were told before they emabarked on the Opening Up experiment (“there’s going to be tremendous inequality; some will get rich before others escape poverty”). Both these quotes from Deng, and they only scratch the surface of his warnings.
    Then there’s what’s being done today. Now. Currently. Such as making each province’s GINI coefficient a criterion for advancement in the Party.
    And adding a billionaire to the Central Party Committee. His job is to empathize with his fellow-billionaires while the necessary taxes are imposed on them. He’s been a committed Communist for 40 years, so he sees both sides.
    And this is only scratching the surface. Grrrr.

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