Illustration: Henry Wong

Journey to prosperity: how a generation climbed China’s social ladder through 40 years of luck, talent and economic growth

  • Beijing’s move towards a market-oriented economy helped open doors for people like Chen Chaogen, who grew up a poor villager but now lives a middle-class life
  • Chen attributes the dramatic changes in his life to good fortune rather than his ability and hard work
Topic |   40 years of reform and opening up

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Illustration: Henry Wong
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