Visual documentation : changing lives in China

In social research visual documentation plays a very important role, Huang Qinqjun traveled across Chines villages for years to capture the changing lifestyle and growth. The findings are amazing and these findings forces individuals to think back and to have a broaden perceptive  that where are we moving from and why?

The story is same as India, In India also generation is moving from radio,watch,sewing machine and bicycle to  TV, washing machine, rice cooker and fridge.

From the article published in BBC,

Huang Qinqjun has spent nearly a decade travelling to remote parts of China to persuade people who have sometimes never been photographed to carry outside all their household possessions and pose for him.

The results offer glimpses of the utilitarian lives of millions of ordinary Chinese who, at first glance, appear not to have been swept up by the same modernisation that has seen hundreds of millions of others leave for the cities.

The main finding are :

  • Phrase dating from 1950s for most sought-after goods for newly married couples: sewing machine, bicycle, watch, radio
  • It’s since come to refer to whatever is most fashionable at the time
  • By 1980s the four big things were: TV, washing machine, rice cooker, fridge
  • Now consumer goods flood China’s cities, it tends to be used to describe people’s aspirations for the latest thing



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