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By Michelle Loyalka

Every 12 months over two hundred million peasants flock to China’s city facilities, offering a great quantity of inexpensive exertions that is helping gasoline the country’s fantastic financial progress. Award-winning journalist Michelle Dammon Loyalka follows the pains and triumphs of 8 such migrants—including a vegetable seller, an itinerant knife sharpener, a free-spirited recycler, and a cash-strapped mother—offering an inside of examine the discomfort, self-sacrifice, and uncertainty underlying China’s dramatic nationwide transformation. on the center of the publication lies every one person’s skill to “eat bitterness”—a time period that approximately ability to undergo hardships, conquer problems, and forge forward. those tales illustrate why China keeps to boost, whilst the remainder of the area is still embroiled in monetary turmoil. while, Eating Bitterness demonstrates how facing the problems dealing with this category of individuals constitutes China’s such a lot urgent family challenge.

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Besides that, he has to stay put; otherwise they would have to close shop completely in his absence. 30 / The Veggie Vendors “No doubt he’d like me to learn how to drive. It’d be a great advantage to him,” Shuanghai says. But she is not ready to go down that road just yet. As they pull out of the parking lot, she lets out a belly laugh. “I know my idea’s not right, but still . ” Another thing Donghua hadn’t anticipated when he chose this retail market six years ago was the advent of the superstore.

Before long, the navy-blazer lady is back, this time under the guise of buying tomatoes— though she’s clearly still eyeing the cauliflower. “8 mao? ” she asks hopefully. Donghua merely shakes his head. “Don’t regret this,” she warns, starting to turn away again. Donghua wonders sometimes if people like her understand, if they’ve ever even thought for a moment how hard people like he and Shuanghai work for each and every mao, and if they have any idea what those mao mean to them. It took almost ten years for them to save up enough to pay back all the people who helped him cover his medical bills.

As he heads downstairs, his mind darts for a moment to his younger brother and sister, who both went to school and stayed in school. Along with most of the other village kids of their generation who actually made it through junior high, his siblings eventually became teachers in neighboring villages. Now they’re retired, with pensions, and have nothing to do all day, while Quanxi is still out pounding the pavement looking for dull cutlery. “I started regretting my decision a long time ago, but it was already too late for me,” he says.

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