Yang's Journey

China is today the world's second-largest economy, but to sustain its fierce growth it needs to expand beyond its coastal boomtowns and urbanize its mostly rural interior. As interior towns like Daojiang expand to accommodate new buildings, businesses, and people, former farmers and laborers are finding the adjustment challenging, in many cases making the leap from the 19th to the 21st century almost overnight. While some citizens may struggle to keep up with the daunting pace of change, others embrace the economic opportunity. One man, 76-year-old retired farmer Yang Caiguan, is doing the best he can to adapt to a new world he still doesn't quite understand.

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