The new outlook of rural China: Kaishienkung revisited after half a century
Royal Anthropological Institute newsletter : RAIN • (48) • Published In 1982 • Pages: 4-8
By: Fei, Xiaotong.
AbstractIn this lecture the author looks back at his past episodes of fieldwork in Kaixiangong and a recent five-day visit there, reporting on changes that had occurred over 45 years, including the early years of hunger and floods, the Second World War, communist liberation, collectivization, the Cultural Revolution, and the New Economic Policies. He attributes the village's economic expansion and increased standard of living to the egalitarianism that came with collectivization in 1958 and the individual responsibility system implemented under the New Economic Policy of 1978. Furthermore, he underscores the importance of rural industry, which he had consistently championed as a source of income in addition to agriculture.
- Sub Region
- East Asia
- Document Type
- Ian Skoggard; 2019
- Coverage Date
- Coverage Place
- Kaixiangong (Kaihsienkung), Wujiang, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
- Fei Hsiao-tung
- Villages--China--Yangtze River Valley
- Yangtze Valley--Economic conditions