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Balancing Acts

CollectionsANU Australian Centre on China in the World / 中华全球研究中心/中華全球研究中心
Made in China (2016 - )
Title: Balancing Acts
Author(s): Australian National University. Australian Centre on China in the World
Date published: 2017
Publisher: Canberra, ACT : Australian Centre on China in the World, The Australian National University
Series/Report no.: Made in China : Issue 4 (October - December 2017)
On 18 November, a fire broke out in a popular housing block inhabited mostly by migrant workers in Beijing's Daxing district, killing nineteen. Citing the need to ensure safety, in a matter of days the local authorities forced tens of thousands of 'low-end people' (diduan renkou) to abandon their dwellings in the suburbs of the Chinese capital, showing absolutely no regard for their livelihoods. Families who had moved from all over China and had, in some cases, lived in Beijing for years were effectively thrown out on the street and left to their own fate in the freezing northern winter. In just a few days they lost everything, a cruel reminder of the precarity inherent to the life of the Chinese migr ant. This issue of Made in China includes a series of essays that examine different declinations of precarity.
ISSN: 2206-9119


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