Migrant workers walk past a construction site in Beijing last month. Many Chinese who left their rural hometowns in search of jobs in the country’s booming coastal cities are now in need of new work as construction projects stall and trade volume decreases. Photo: EPA

As China grows, equal opportunity and social mobility are fast becoming a cruel lie

Joe Zhang considers how his family’s fortunes reflect the changing times in a newly wealthy China. Social mobility, which once enabled the talented and hardworking to make good, is now an unattainable dream for many

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Migrant workers walk past a construction site in Beijing last month. Many Chinese who left their rural hometowns in search of jobs in the country’s booming coastal cities are now in need of new work as construction projects stall and trade volume decreases. Photo: EPA
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