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Holding on to China's present at the moment of its demise

— October 2015

Article read level: Undergraduate / student

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Chi Peng, Sprinting Forward, No. 2, 2004 © Chi Peng

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Along with the earthmover and the crane, the 'nail households' are a common sight amid the vast tracts of Chinese urban land being cleared for construction. These stubborn urban guerrillas refuse to vacate their property in defiance of the city planners, developers and local administration, who are forced into protracted negotiations in order to adequately compensate and rehouse...

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