Urban Migration in China

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Michelle Dammon Loyalka, journalist and author of Eating Bitterness: Stories from the Front Lines of China's Great Urban Migration, discusses the influx of peasants to China's urban areas.


Michelle Dammon Loyalka

Comments [8]

Johanna Garfield from New York City

Fascinating interview. Brian Lehrer has done it again! Kudos to all who put this together.

Best, JO Garfield

Apr. 04 2012 12:50 PM
Bill Kneller from Shenzhen, China

As an American, who has lived in China since 1997, I can say with a certainty that Ms. Loyalka has nailed it on the head, when sharing her perspectives on some of the challenges facing China today. After reading some of the comments left it's clear just how out of touch and misinformed Americans are regarding cultures around the world. First of all, you cannot compare China to today's Russia just because both their governments are/were communist. At least not since the USSR fell. In the 1990's, China began changing their economy from a closed and isolated one - to a member of the WTO and a major player among the other Free-market Economy countries. And they won't make the same mistakes Russia has. Second, I am "endlessly amused" by all these (huge numbers) of "so-called" American free-lance 'bloggers' ---who seem to exists without any supposed income or experience, typing vigorously, their opinions on subjects they learned about, from others, via CNN and the Internet. I respect Ms. Loyalka's perspectives on China, because she has lived in the country she is speaking about for 13 years! Listen and learn from those who have experience and not those who just have opinions!

Mar. 14 2012 12:01 AM
Robert from NYC

I am endlessly amused by all these (huge numbers) of called American free-lance 'reporters' ---who seem to exists without any supposed income -- in this case for 13 years in Beijing -- telling us every possible problem and hardship of living in a Communist China.
Every reporter goes out of their way to try to indoctrinate us about all the supposed horrors of the price of the success of this most innovate and just society in the world, today.
They fall over themselves in the expected propaganda drum-beat that is required by all the American News-Organizations in smearing Communist societies. After all, in this propaganda assault, how else could could one explain the success of these societies?
The most outrage of all this indoctrination of this society, is that no one here, is aware of it.
After all, we are supossed to be living in a 'free' society.
Welcome to the real world of Orwell.

Mar. 13 2012 04:35 PM

China DOES have a growing labor movement; even the NYT has reported on that in the past couple of years. As revealed by her generic answers to Brian's questions, the guest may be attuned to personal stories but she doesn't seem all that knowledgeable about the bigger picture.

Mar. 13 2012 11:03 AM

How interesting, I will buy this book.

Recently heard some more thoughts on Chinese and Vietnamese migration by the brilliant and learned Regina Abrami
I think she is speaking at either the Council on Foreign Relations or the Harvard Club in NYC this spring.

Mar. 13 2012 11:03 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To Hugh Sampson

Russia's GNP in 1913 was roughly half that of the United States at that time. That hardly changed over the following decades under communist control, and has actually fallen since because of the relative decline in the Russian population.

Mar. 13 2012 10:59 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Civilization is by definition urbanization. The movement of people off the land and into cities a good thing overall, both for the people and for the land. It's been going on (and off) for nearly 10,000 years, and has had a "civilizing" effect on our species despite the problems that come with high population density and inner city crime. Suburbanization in America, or the so-called "American dream" has turned into a nightmare as energy prices continue to rise. Re-urbanization of America is inevitable as well.

Mar. 13 2012 10:57 AM

From 1915 to 1935, Russian became the Soviet Union and went from an economy that was near-feudal to an industrial power that could challenge the US. Look at Russia today. Let's hope China doesn't implode as badly.

Mar. 13 2012 10:47 AM

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