Experiencing Urbanization Via Life Story Method

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Experiencing Urbanization via Life-Story Method Urbanization of lands in China have had a prominent effect on the lives of its people, including the inhabitants of both the peripheral and central cities throughout the country. In Eating Bitterness: Stories from the Front Lines of China 's Great Urban Migration, Michelle Loyalka writes about the changes that a developing China brings onto the people of Gan Jia Zhai, a village that is relatively close to Xi’an, a much more developed and industrialized city. The struggles and triumphs of Gan Jia Zhai’s people are depicted in Loyalka’s fifth chapter, The Landless Landlords. On another hand, the documentary China Rises depicts the rapid urbanization of Shanghai, a “mega-city”, and how it has affected the lives of many of it’s inhabitants from different socioeconomic backgrounds. Specifically, Wei Chin’s particular experience in Shanghai can be examined to distinguish what urbanization has done to alter her everyday life in the mega-city. Both works use the life-story method to capture the hardships that both the inhabitants of rural and urban spaces encounter during the time course of urbanization of their surroundings. Using the case studies performed on the Tao family and on Wei Chin’s, one can conclude that rapid large scale shifts influence and alter the quality of life of an urbanizing city’s peripheral and central populations. Loyalka’s fifth chapter The Landless Landlords introduces Wang Tao, a former farmer, and his
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