Chinese Flee Deadly Smog
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  • My wife’s friend in Shanghai is currently in an intense debate in her family: she wants to move to Vancouver, while her husband wants to stay in Shanghai. They’ve made enough money in the Shanghai real-estate market to retire anywhere on Earth (and like most affluent Chinese have property overseas and some sort of overseas residence; in their case, Canadian greencards) but as a proper son, her husband wants to stay in Shanghai while his parents are alive. Her reason for wanting to leave is the bad environment, both in terms of air quality and food reliability; the recent giant pig death seriously creeped her out, particularly the government’s non-explanation of why it happened and what was done with the dead pigs. From her perspective, living in Shanghai nowadays is walking in a minefield of random bad events ultimately rooted in corruption, and wealth can’t completely buy one’s way past it.

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