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China's Urban Billion: The Story Behind the Biggest Migration in Human History

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By 2030, China's cities will be home to 1 billion people-one in every eight people on earth. What kind of lives will China's urban billion lead? And what will China's cities be like? Over the past 30 years, China's urban population expanded by 500 million people, and is on track to swell by a further 300 million by 2030. Hundreds of millions of these new urban residents ar ...more
ebook, 202 pages
Published November 29th 2012 by Zed Books (first published November 22nd 2012)
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Tony
Jun 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Miller does a good job of setting out the situation with the split between China’s rural and urban populations, the hukou system which institutionalises this, and the likely path the large scale migration to the cities will take over the next few years, particularly as a result of the acceptance, and even embrace, of it in the current Five Year Plan.

He also explains, quite convincingly, why a lot of the Western commentary on this gets it quite wrong; many of the things that would be problems in
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Kimfu
This is another really good book about current Chinese society, a book I plan to read at least once more to help all the ideas sink in. I also plan to read it again because it was enjoyable -- even though it wasn't historical fiction, a love story or a murder mystery! Go figure!

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Chunchun
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
当时没有找到英文原版,读的中文翻译版,也是今年唯一一本中文正经书。
为了年底业绩,也算上了
Jjj
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
一个户口本,两套小社会
Chris
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating, thought repetitive and not very deep.
Nicole Means
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having spent a month in China during summer 2007, I had some knowledge of the major challenges that development has had on China. What boggled me then, and continues to today, is that millions of people have been uprooted to make room for development. For example, in their effort to ready themselves for the 2008 Olympics, rows and rows of historic hutong homes were being demolished. This land would, in turn, be used to construct million dollar high rise buildings thus displacing citizens. Additi ...more
Dragos
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good overall piece dealing with China's growing population, Miller's book is not particularly deep but quite insightful. Building on interviews and data sets gathered by the author it charts the shifts in demographics from an critical liberal angle addressing the idea of urban inequality and Chinese authoritarianism, corruption and growth quotas making the problem worse.

Overall a good book on the topic well worth the read.
Charlie Pownall
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Fascinating insights into urbanisation in China, the hukou system and why China's cities appear to be littered with vast empty buildings. Highly recommended.
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