Retrotopia

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Their leaders are openly nostalgic for a time when Mao was China\u2019s paramount leader and the state, at least on paper, looked after its citizens from the cradle to the grave. But Mao\u2019s China is a thing of the past, and younger, more individualistic villagers sometimes chafe under the reality of life lived inside a time capsule. \r<\/p><p>Retrotopia seeks to tell the story of places that are at once radical and conservative; grand, yet mundane; relics of China\u2019s past and ambiguous symbols of its often paradoxical present.<\/p>","body_raw":"2018 marked the 40th anniversary of China\u2019s \u201creform and opening-up\u201d \u2014 a series of economic and social reforms designed to transition the country away from Maoism and towards what national leaders have termed \u201cmarket socialism.\u201d \r\n\r\nBut while most of the country embraced capitalism, not every place abandoned the socialist dream. Village holdouts such as Nanjie, Huaxi and Dazhai never fully de-collectivized. Life in these areas is centered not around the private enterprise, but massive, collectively run village conglomerates that promise residents the jobs, access to social services, and prosperity.\r\n\r\nToday, these villages claim to be the last bastions of the country\u2019s socialist past. Their leaders are openly nostalgic for a time when Mao was China\u2019s paramount leader and the state, at least on paper, looked after its citizens from the cradle to the grave. 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