Season 21, Episode 12 China in the Red

First Aired: February 13, 2003

An exploration of what narrator Will Lyman calls “the human cost” of the China's economic reforms, following 10 Chinese citizens between 1998 and 2001. Overall, the “cost” is 35-million lost jobs since the 1998 announcement that state-owned industries must become profitable by 2001. None of the workers at state-owned factories (one in Beijing, the other in Shenyang) profiled by producer Sue Williams were laid off, but none are doing as well as the entrepreneurs Williams filmed. Says one, a woman who makes and sells noodles in her rural village (and is its richest resident): “Now you can do anything, as long as you make money.”

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