A Life of Hard Work and Study
This is a picture in a bookstore in Ningbo.
It is surprising to see how many books related to international commerce, businesses, economy and technical subjects read the people here in contrast to the few books that people read about any other things like novels, arts, politics, etc.
People may think, (because of the external image that one may have of China based on the external media), that this kind of material is restricted and that someone is going to shoot you from your back if you read something like that :) Of course not! Nobody can deny that Chines government has a lot of control of the information that receive the people, and of course: there is a lot of material that is restricted but there is also great information available for people that really matter what is going on.
I made a test trying to buy some books like Fahrenheit 451, Animal Farm and 1984. And all of them were available in Chinese!
And just there is where I found the problem. People just don't care anymore and even if they do, most of them disregard any external information, situation that once again makes them fall in the channel of government controlled information.
I wonder how long this situation may continue...