China’s “Comfort Class” | The Bling Dynasty, National Geographic Magazine: China Professional Rachel Lives with Cultural Revolution Era Parents

China Professional Rachel Lives with Cultural Revolution Era Parents

Rachel is a “headhunter” for this Comfort Class, which is the buffer class between first world needs and third world sweatshops, or between first world companies and third world consumers. Rachel is single and lives at home with her parents, who were part of one of the worst social experiments in history. Mao unified the country, but then was responsible the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, countless famines, and finally Deng proclaimed, “To get rich is glorious” and opened the flood gates to the “Special Economic Zone” cities on the south coast, creating the largest peacetime human migration in history. Many 20-somethings will tell you that Tiananmen Square had to be put down or it would hurt Deng’s economic plans and they would not have their nice apartments with flat screens in every room.

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