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Chinese cities could not function without migrant workers. Migrants built the skyscrapers and transportation systems, and they are the ones who populate the service industry.
But even though they can now reside in the cities, they do so on the margins, as second-class citizens.
This video, produced by The Amity Foundation, China’s largest Christian charity organization, is a “letter” to the urban migrants, acknowledging their presence, and role in building the cities.
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Christian intellectuals, especially those in ministry or missions, will find the book very useful in understanding issues of poverty and alienation in China. Indeed, any concerned Christian will be moved by the stories and descriptions of the plight of the migrant workers.
China’s urbanization today is less about the largest cities that often make the headlines, and more about a host of smaller, yet faster growing, metropolises that will be home to the majority of Chinese in the coming decades.
I remember an auntie from Henan Province. She lived in the single-story district and prayed with us every day. She always prayed for Beijing and blessed Beijing. . . .She left for her hometown after a round of demolitions, or perhaps a forced migration.