“During the one-week vacation around the Chinese national day in October, even the coal mine was closed. Most of the miners went back to their family homes with some ducks and full of sweet treats in their big bags – symbolizing their financial success. For most middle-class Chinese, including the miners, there is an ambitious drive to be richer – which forces them to move around to look for well-paid jobs. With the increased number of people working away from their families, the significance behind these holidays similarly increases. This drive for wealth also explains why so many people were willing to work in exceedingly dangerous conditions.”

Changjiang by Hajime Kimura (3/4)

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