I finally finished scanned all the old pictures!!! It took me 3 days!!!
My nickname is little girl because Star calls me that way and I really like it. Although I’m in my early-30s, I feel that part of me still feels like a little girl. 🙂
As I browse these old pictures, a lot of memories came to mind! I’m amazed how much our life standard changed through the last 20 years. In case that you are unfamiliar with China, let me tell you something: in the 80s, the income inequality in China was non existent. Almost everyone get paid the same. Everyone consumed the same way. There were food quota (like you can’t buy more than 1/2 dozen of eggs per week). The living standard was much lower than today’s China but I dare to say that people weren’t less happy than today, probably happier. It’s true that the economic growth brought a lot to the median chinese: purchasing power, plenty of food, travels, etc, it also caused tremendous inequality. And as we know, part of unhappiness come from comparing with others, and that is intense in chinese cities.
Running a large country with such a big population is hard. If I run the government, I would like to bring more resources to the people so they don’t have to worry about food, clothes and health. As an economist, I also know that everything is about incentives. The only way for the progress to happen is that there are people who would want to work harder and in a more innovative way, and they will only do that if they get paid more than others who don’t. So income inequality is inevitable in the economic development, or I would say almost necessary. But then, inequality makes people less happy.
So here’s the dilemma: economic growth vs. income inequality.
It’s an interesting debate and I would like to hear your thoughts!
Okay. enough serious talk, lets enjoy some pics of the little girl 🙂
I used to be chubby 😉
I was fashionable with the limited resource we had 😉
My favorite cousin
I learned from early age how to pose for pictures 😉
and then I lost all my chubbiness at age of 9.
but I didn’t always look like a little girl. You’d confuse me with a boy
I looked worried
I don’t remember having any toy when I was a kid except a inflammable boat
I have a lot of more, some of them are really bad… I looked so old fashioned. 😀 I might show you some of them next time! 😉