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Education: China’s Ant People

education-chinas-ant-peopleWhat does an education get you in China? Education is the only way out of poverty, as it has been sold to the Chinese since ancient times.

China’s economic boom and talk of the merits of hard work have created an expectation that studying is the only way to escape poverty.

Yet it seems the China’s education system only leads to jobs for a few, leaving all in debt and many Chinese unemployed. The documentary, set in central China, looks at the realities of Chinese higher education through the lives of private college graduates, who could be facing the reality of joining the ever-growing “ant-tribe”.

How do you pay for 4 years of school when it costs 60 years of income? What if the only job you could find involved selling education to other students, even if you knew it was worthless?

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