Special Report: A Tale of Two Families

Westerners cannot fail to be fascinated by the living standards of the Chinese; many Chi nese in turn are almost as curious about details of mei-kuo — American — life. In the People's Republic, cash earnings are minuscule, but its people pay no income taxes, housing costs are nominal or nonexistent, medical care and education are virtually free.

And there is minimal inflation. Profiles of two Chinese families: the one factory workers, the other peasants on a People's Commune:

Four of the five Ts'ao family members are factory employees. Ts'ao Hung-ch'i and his wife Ch'en Su-ch'ing, both 42, and...

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