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The Resource The rat people : a journey through Beijing's forbidden underground, Patrick Saint-Paul ; translated by David Homel

The rat people : a journey through Beijing's forbidden underground, Patrick Saint-Paul ; translated by David Homel

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The rat people : a journey through Beijing's forbidden underground
Title
The rat people
Title remainder
a journey through Beijing's forbidden underground
Statement of responsibility
Patrick Saint-Paul ; translated by David Homel
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  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
"A shocking exploration of Beijing's notorious underground where over 1 million residents live: a sobering reminder of the human cost of capitalism. In a relatively short amount of time, China has become the second largest economy in the world and is soon poised to overtake the US. In 1978, when China introduced its economic reforms, its GDP was 214 billion USD; in 2019, it is estimated to increase to 14 trillion USD. But the country's rapid growth was achieved on the backs and shoulders of its workforce, many of whom were peasant farmers turned into the mingong, urban migrant workers, celebrated by Mao and credited with helping China achieve its economic miracle. Now, a million of them and their descendants live underground in Beijing under inhuman conditions, where there is no light or water and little sanitation. Author Patrick Saint-Paul spent two years living among the "rat people" (shuzu) of Beijing, in a network of deep tunnels and 20,000 former bomb shelters built during the Cold War. The mingong come to Beijing from all parts of the country, in search of jobs and a better life, but they are unable to afford their own homes on their meager salaries. For them, China's dream of prosperity for all is a bitter fallacy. In The Rat People, Saint-Paul brings the individual stories of the shizu to life, creating a shocking cautionary tale about the lengths to which people will go in search of a better life, and the human cost paid in service to the modern economy."--
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contains biographical information
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Saint-Paul, Patrick
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305.5/690951156
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no index present
Language note
Translated from the French
Literary form
non fiction
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Homel, David
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  • Working poor
  • Working class
  • Working class
  • Underground areas
  • Rural-urban migration
  • Migrant labor
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The rat people : a journey through Beijing's forbidden underground, Patrick Saint-Paul ; translated by David Homel
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Publication
Note
Translation of: Le peuple des rats : dans les sous-sols interdits de la Chine
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Includes bibliographical references
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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on1121084039
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
193 pages
Isbn
9781551528038
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Label
The rat people : a journey through Beijing's forbidden underground, Patrick Saint-Paul ; translated by David Homel
Publication
Note
Translation of: Le peuple des rats : dans les sous-sols interdits de la Chine
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1121084039
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
193 pages
Isbn
9781551528038
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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