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Xiaowei Wang

And Other Stories of Tech in China's Countryside

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Blockchain Chicken Farm by Xiaowei Wang is a fascinating exploration of the intersection of technology and agriculture in China. Through personal anecdotes and interviews, the book illustrates the potential of blockchain to transform the food industry while also highlighting the challenges of implementing such innovations in traditional farming communities.

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    China is the product of complex relationships between the urban and rural.

    Every year, all across China, a great migration takes place. As winter begins to thaw, people crowd into buses, pack train stations, and take to the highway. They’re on the move for Chunyun, or the Spring festival.

    During this national holiday, more than 300 million people travel from China’s massive cities to their laojai, or ancestral homes, in the countryside. It gives urban workers a rare chance to reconnect with their roots and visit the older generations who remain in smaller towns and villages.

    But these hinterlands aren’t just places of rest and respite. China’s extensive rural landscape has played a central role in the county’s economic, political, and social development.

    The key message here is: China is the product of complex relationships between the urban and rural.

    In the Western imagination, contemporary China is often defined by crowded megacities like Shanghai, Beijing, and Shenzhen. But when the People’s Republic of China was founded back in 1949, the country was largely rural and agrarian. In fact, Mao Zedong and the Chinese Communist Party were only able to take power by galvanizing the nation’s extensive peasant population against the cities.

    After establishing the People’s Republic, the communist government was determined to develop China. It wanted to raise the standard of living and compete with Western powers. This initial attempt to industrialize was known as the Great Leap Forward. To implement it, the state relied on rural communities and resources. It tried to boost agricultural production by collectivizing farming. The state even encouraged villages to build their own small-scale factories. Unfortunately, these disruptive policies resulted in widespread famine.

    Still, the country pushed through and eventually found its footing. In the ’80s and ’90s, China’s economy boomed. Small rural businesses, called Town and Village Enterprises or TVEs, were a key fuel for that growth. TVEs were more flexible than large state-owned companies. They could be more responsive to changing economic demands. By 1995, these companies were responsible for about a quarter of China’s GDP.

    Today, many young people move to China’s largest cities in search of work. Yet, 40 percent of the population still lives in the countryside. The government wants to keep these communities thriving, so it plans to industrialize agricultural centers further. It hopes to connect far-flung regions through building extensive IT infrastructure. The goal is to have the city and countryside work together for the nation’s success.

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    What is Blockchain Chicken Farm about?

    Blockchain Chicken Farm (2020) is an examination of the way technology is entangled with everyday life. This sweeping survey of life in rural China unpacks the social, political, and economic changes we can expect in the twenty-first century.

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    Blockchain Chicken Farm (2020) is an eye-opening exploration of China's technological advancements and the impact on its society. Here's why this book is a must-read:

    • It uncovers the fascinating connection between blockchain and chicken farming, shedding light on the surprising ways technology shapes traditional industries.
    • Through captivating anecdotes and in-depth research, it reveals the complexity and versatility of the Chinese technology landscape, offering a fresh perspective on innovation.
    • With its unapologetic portrayal of both successes and failures, the book presents a realistic and nuanced view of the consequences of technology in one of the world's most populous nations.

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    Shehui ren are scoffed at by urban elites as crass and uneducated. But shehui ren couldnt care less what you think about them.

    —Xiaowei Wang
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    Who should read Blockchain Chicken Farm?

    • Luddites skeptical about the impact of new technologies
    • Techno-utopians eager for more critical insights
    • Anyone interested in forecasting the future

    About the Author

    Xiaowei Wang is a filmmaker, artist, and writer specializing in the intersection of technology and society. They are the creative director of Logic magazine and their work has appeared in the New York Times, and on the BBC, CNN, and VICE.

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