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Things are looking up, Spring is around the corner!

One thing that is starting to get to me is the amount of poverty I see around this town. There is such a huge difference between the rich and the poor. The ones that are poor are VERY poor and it is a bit depressing to see after a while. Sure, China is growing fast and doing well generally. Its economy is the fastest growing economy in the world and people’s standards of living are increasing exponentially. Sure, the vast majority of people here do not go to bed hungry anymore and thing generally are a 100% times better than they were just a short 15 years ago. However, in provinces such as Jilin, well the entire North East for that matter, there is a lot of poverty, some of it extreme. This area has a heck of a long way to go in order to catch up to the rest of China.

I think what is making it seem worse for me is the long dragging winter. Things have been been generally cold, grey and dirty for the last five months and seeing people’s misery is compounded by this type of weather. I long for the spring to arrive and start seeing greenery, flowers and breath fresh new air. I think it will make this whole place look much better and happier. It will not change the reality of poverty but at least it may promote a bit more hope.

Where are you Spring? A fresh renewal is just around the corner…I can’t wait!

March 14, 2006 at 7:29 am Leave a comment


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