Social mobility between the generations in China has stalled, argues author Zhang Lijia, even more than elsewhere. While she moved herself from factory worker to a social commentator, and recently wrote Lotus: A Novel on prostitution in China, most Chinese are currently stuck socially where they were born.
Famous for lifting millions out of poverty, and creating the largest group of wealthy, climbing up in the social hierarchy has become impossible for most Chinese, she argues, based on solid social research.
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