China’s census takers were tasked with collecting crucial demographic data on the world’s most populous country, and sometimes they had to get creative to get citizens to participate. Illustration: Perry Tse
China’s census takers were tasked with collecting crucial demographic data on the world’s most populous country, and sometimes they had to get creative to get citizens to participate. Illustration: Perry Tse

China’s census takers ‘coaxed’ citizens to submit personal information with prizes, and the coronavirus pandemic helped

  • Enumerators open up about collecting census data for the world’s most populous nation, and the difficulties along the way
  • QR codes and a WeChat app make it easier than ever to collect and submit census data, but some older people struggle with technology, especially in rural areas

Knowledge |   China's population
China’s census takers were tasked with collecting crucial demographic data on the world’s most populous country, and sometimes they had to get creative to get citizens to participate. Illustration: Perry Tse
China’s census takers were tasked with collecting crucial demographic data on the world’s most populous country, and sometimes they had to get creative to get citizens to participate. Illustration: Perry Tse
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