China's Seismic Population Shift: Why an "Urban" China Matters

Apr 9, 2012

Two hundred million rural peasants move to China's booming cities - every year. This seismic shift offers China some major economic advantages in the global economy, and has ramifications for the rest of the world.

La Crosse native and Marquette graduate Michelle Dammon Loyalka examines the implications for this mass urban migration in her new book, Eating Bitterness: Stories from the Front Lines of China’s Great Urban Migration, published by the University of California Press.  The book touches on the lives of several people representative of the millions making the move to Chinese cities.

Loyalka, who has lived in China for more than a decade, spoke with Dan Harmon.