Each Chinese President creates a ‘catch-phrase’ to inspire the Chinese people. Xi Jinping, elected in late 2012 as President, has created ‘Chinese Dream” as his catch phrase. There is no official definition of what this phrase means, but to most people is it very similar to the ‘American’ or ‘Australian’ dreams – house, car, education for children, financial security, travel.
China is rapidly changing from an agrarian society to an urban society, and the dream is part of this. The jobs and good schools are in the big cities, better medical services are there, and access to a broader range of services and consumer products.
These images trace the changes in Chinese society – and is the dream becoming a reality, or creating a nightmare?