Everything Has a Price Tag

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  • Skyrocketing wealth might be building a new China, but it is also leading to deep divisions within Chinese society. As in the United States, some experts even question whether or not a widening lifestyle gap is truly beneficial for the country's long-term economic growth, not to mention for social stability. This film looks at emerging class differences in what was originally designed to be a classless state, with discussions focusing on multigenerational poverty in rural areas and the precarious existence of hundreds of millions of migrant workers on the fringes of China's cities. For street-level insight, viewers are invited into the household of two apartment tenants who are most likely living paycheck to paycheck, but who have high ambitions for their young son. Expert commentary comes from Fudan University professor Zhou Dunren, writer Xie Chuntao, and other observers of China's rapidly evolving social landscape.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on November 03, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
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  • Portions with English subtitles.


  • China's Income Gap (2:38) -- China's Urban Middle Class (3:56) -- Shanghai Middle Class Values (2:37) -- China's Billionaires (2:03) -- Chinese Philanthropy (4:20) -- Chinese Rural Poverty Cycle (3:00) -- Chinese Migration Challenges (2:55) -- Sacrificing Family for Finance (4:16) -- Closing China's Income Divisions (1:48) -- Credits: Everything Has a Price Tag: China on China (0:30)
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