Sunday, May 29, 2005

Rural Exodus for Work Fractures Chinese Family

"For the Yang family and millions of others in the Chinese countryside, the only way to survive as a family is to not live as one. Migrant workers like Shan's parents are the mules driving the country's stunning economic growth. And the money they send home has become essential for jobless rural China.

Yet even that money is no longer enough. Migrant wages have stagnated, education and health costs are rising, and the rural social safety net has collapsed -- a crushing combination that is a major reason the income divide is widening so rapidly in China at the expense of the rural poor."