In ancient times in China, education was the only way out of poverty – in recent times it has been the best way. China’s economic boom and talk of the merits of hard work have created an expectation that to study is to escape poverty.
But these days China’s higher education system only leads to jobs for a few, educating a new generation to unemployment and despair.
How do you choose a college when you’re the first person in your family who can read? Or pay for it when 4 years of schooling costs sixty years of income?
What is it like to join the “ant-tribe”, the 2 million newly graduated Chinese who, every year, can’t find work? And what if the only job you could find involved selling education to other students, even if you knew it was worthless?
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