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Growing Houses


Government-financed development projects in China regularly necessitate demolishing buildings. Owners of any bulldozed dwellings receive compensation for losing their homes. Farmers in rural areas have learned to take advantage of this system. They find it more profitable to just construct buildings on their fields, anticipating future projects. Cultivating housing units proves more economically advantageous than growing crops. Successfully deceiving officials results in a 700 to 1500 yuan relocation fee depending on the structure and number of rooms.

It’s a gamble. In early December, news of potential government projects spurred tireless efforts among Wuhan City residents. Buildings materialized in days. Vegetable fields vanished. Locals worked by car headlights during the night. On December 17, nearly one thousand government officers set out to fix this situation. Two days later, they wiped out just under 40,000 square meters of these new, illegally constructed “grow houses” in Wuhan City.

These compounds are not difficult to destroy. Mud typically secures their brick exteriors. Recycled waste serves as windows and doors to ensure the dwellings are uninhabitable.

Chinese Government crackdowns continue, but farmers are not likely to halt construction. Rural areas remain plagued with unemployment. “Growing” houses offers substantial economic benefits for minimal costs and labor. Expanding the strained Chinese job market may be the only effective solution.


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This advertisement represents the Chinese Government’s new campaign to reshape the image of their exports. Among other merchandise, it featuring clothing with tags that read, “Made in China with French designers.” The initiative’s headline slogan is “Made in China, Made with the world.”

Chinese products have received a great deal of criticism, although as Louisiana family found out, living without “Made in China” remains quite difficult.

DDB Gouan, a Beijing media company, created the ad last year. China’s recent milk scandle, which resulted in two executions, delayed its debut until two weeks ago. Thus far, Chinese audiences have expressed positive support for the campaign, and foreign markets are currently screening the advertisement.

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