China’s “Comfort Class” | The Bling Dynasty, National Geographic Magazine: China Migration From Rural to the City as Servant Class to New Wealth

Girls from rural countryside are taught how to be maids for the newly wealthy class. They learn to cook and iron at the Fuping Vocational Skills Training School. Li Lingping responds to flying grease in one of the cooking classes.

Since opening up its economy in 1978 and moving toward a market economy, China has lifted about 400 million people out of poverty, according to the World Bank. But this has led to wide income inequalities that the Communist Party is trying to address through its notion of a “harmonious society” that has a more even distribution of the benefits of recent decades of speedy economic growth. 

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