An Ever Growing Privilege Gap

As I was sitting on the 21 hour train coming back from Xian I was amazed by the natural beauty of China’s landscape. What I was also amazed to see was the disparity between the rich and poor in this country. One moment we were traveling by upscale apartments and neighborhoods, while a few minutes later we were traveling through areas in which people were living impoverished neighborhoods. China’s privilege gap is one of the fastest growing in the world.

EF markets itself as the most expensive English school in Qinhuangdao. It caters to China’s wealthy. So the students and people I deal with on a daily basis are not a true representation of what the majority of Chinese live like.

Walking around Qinhuangdao you can be walking through a neighborhood with no running water and basic electricity one moment and the next you could be walking through and area with luxury apartments. Many people live in their shops because they can’t afford a shop and an apartment.

While it saddens me to see, I’m not quite sure what to do about it. His issue is not limited to China alone. Every nation faces these types of issues. I guess China has drifted a far ways away from Chairman Mao’s concept of distribution of wealth.


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Spending a year teaching English and saving the world in China
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