China’s income inequality is prevalent, but also overlooked as rapid development has made it the norm for haves and have nots to live amongst one another.


China’s income inequality has become so apparent as the country progresses. Those who don’t or can’t keep up get left behind. Looking back at the photos I took, I realized I was too busy capturing what was new and shiny and forgot to look back at what China used to be – where my family came from.

The parts of China I neglected to capture were countryside migrant workers toiling in shifts to build massive condos at an unprecedented rate. I missed the groups of children breathing in an ever present cloud of construction dust and debris while they played in ripped rubber slippers. I looked past the expressionless faces of those who are just trying to endure one day at a time. This is China’s income inequality.

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