In my copy of “The Good Earth“, Pearl Buck‘s Nobel Prize winning novel about China before the revolution of 1912, there is a reader’s supplement and study guide, which includes photographs taken in China taken about a hundred years ago. Judging from these pictures, life in China really hasn’t changed all that much. People think of China as the next, great superpower, and China is modern and prosperous in the coastal cities. In the interior, rural areas, however, there are still millions of people living in desperate poverty.
China Then and Now