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Common Dream, 2018


Traditional Chinese encouragements of "study hard to change the future" are projected on the screen above the work. Income inequality increases dramatically in China as economic development goes up. The fundamental problem is that the ideals the government plants in the nation prevent people from rebelling against or even acknowledging the problem of inequality. The idea of trying to climb out of poverty or low income by personal effort, instead of resisting the unequal policies and society structure, is enforced throughout childhood. For the greater good, individual equality is sacrificed. Propaganda-induced dreams of “working hard for one and one's children results in more income and success” leads individuals to desperately try to climb out of a closed box. The reality that actually affects how much one’s income is has nothing to do with how well one does a job, but which region one is in and which work unit. Regional income inequality in China is severe and needs to be acknowledged and addressed. Rather than blindly follow the unrealistic ideal and accept the situation, one should question the nature of the hierarchal structure of Chinese economy and politics.

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