Today marks the 61st anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
Happy National Day!
Not to be confused with Double 10, Taiwan’s national day, October 1st is celebrated across China and in Chinatowns around the world.
Looking back at 61 years of history, China has been through some of its roughest times, considering that many countries during the 50s, 60s, and 70s developed and modernized.
Poor China advanced in some ways, but I can’t help but think about failed programs like the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution. Even before those man-made disasters, things weren’t all bright and sunny in China during the early 50s. But since the early to mid-90s, it’s nothing short of a miracle that cities like Shanghai and Beijing are now so high-tech and comfortable.
Of course, the rural areas haven’t been as fortunate. I wonder what the next 60 years will bring in terms of developing the countryside.
It won’t be easy.