It Takes a Village

"Rich families sell their mules.
Poor families sell daughters and sons.
Our families have no children to sell.
We walk the streets and beat our drums."
—Beggar's ditty from Xiaogang village

China's journey from Communism to capitalism didn't begin with a decree from Beijing. It started with a secretive meeting of hungry men who wanted only to grow more corn. For anyone bedazzled by the "Made in China" labels adorning just about everything they buy and wondering how China's rise as an economic colossus began, the answer lies in the...

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