This book offers an intimate and personal look at what China's poverty alleviation has meant for individuals. The dramatic
progress in reducing poverty in China over the past three decades is well known. According to the World Bank, more than 500
million people were lifted out of extreme poverty as China's poverty rate fell from 88 percent in 1981 to 6.5 percent in 2012.
Behind this statistic are the millions of families in rural China who have moved from extreme poverty to a more comfortable
way of life in modern China. This is the story of four generations of one such family. Grandma Zhen and her eight children
have faced the hardship of war, the great famine of 1958-1960, the Cultural Revolution of 1967-1977 and Opening-up and Reform.
They have had to adjust to a rapidly changing culture that has affected all aspects of their lives, including marriage, the
one-child policy, and education. Through incredible endurance and hard work, they have not only survived, but thrived. This
book will be of value to anthropologists, developmental economists, sinophiles, and more.