Essay about The Life of a Chinese Farmer

Satisfactory Essays
Contemporary World Culture Project Part I
Instructor: Sally Franco
Ashley Guioa
February 5, 2013

The year is 2006, my name is Ashley, and I am a Chinese farmer who lives in the North China Plain with my husband and three children aged newborn, six, and eleven years old. We are located about ninety miles from Beijing in which we commute to by means of a fast train when needed. The North China Plain is known as “China’s Breadbasket” because it contains sixty-five percent of its farmland. My family and I have six acres of land for our farming income and livelihood. Three acres are used for rice harvesting and the other three acres are used for the growth of vegetables for sale including cucumbers, peppers, and cabbage. Also owned on
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On a daily basis we eat a variety of foods cooked in many fashions. For our meat dishes, we sometimes, fry, bake, braise, steam, roast, or boil them and it contains any of the following: chicken, fish, pork, or beef. Of course we consume a lot of rice with our meals, some of which are stir fry dishes that contain meat, vegetables, and rice. In addition our Chinese culture has several different soups as well. We are creative with our meals based on the vegetables, meats, and rice that we produce ourselves. Occasionally we will venture out to the local markets to purchase other types of food for a little more variety, when we have the extra money or additional goods of our own for trade. Local markets can be found all over the streets of China in every area and consist of items such as vegetables, meats, fish, sweets, and even everyday items such as silk, tea, jade, porcelain, household items, etc. Living in poverty as a Chinese farmer in the year 2006 isn’t an easy life. It’s the only life that I’ve known, therefore, the only life that my children have known. Income isn’t always steady and part-time help on the farm isn’t always available. We can only do the best that we can. I have several fears and worries on a constant basis including not selling enough products to make income, or even break even in a year’s worth of hard work and dedication. I also fear that major storms and/or weather conditions at any
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