The global economic downturn is hitting China's urban factories. Millions of migrant workers who had left their farms for factory work are now facing the possibility of making an urban-to-rural migration.
Feb 24, 2009 The Globe and Mail
This piece from <em>NPR</em> looks at the debate over plans to use more than $7 billion from the stimulus plan to expand broadband Internet access in rural areas.
Feb 19, 2009 NPR
More than 20 million Chinese who had migrated to cities for work have been forced to return to the rural countryside as urban jobs dry up.
Feb 3, 2009 Guardian
The income gap between rural and urban residents in China has increased again in 2008, and has been attributed to other social inequities in the growing country.
Jan 21, 2009 BBC
As more and more of China's "floating population" return from their city jobs to their farms, officials brace for backlash from the recently unemployed.
Dec 3, 2008 The Wall Street Journal
Democrats are in cities and Republicans are in rural areas, according to the results of recent elections. But with two metropolitan candidates in this year's election and an increasingly urbanized populace, that split may become obsolete.
Nov 4, 2008 Citiwire
<p>In the wake of Presidential Candidate Barack Obama's recent gaffe, New York Times blogger Timothy Egan sheds some light on the reality of rural America and its role in America's future.</p>
Apr 19, 2008 The New York Times
<p>Rural communities in Ottawa are being wiped out as urban trends take over the minds of developers and consumers. Rural residents are looking at ways to preserve the character of their communities.</p>
Apr 11, 2008 The Ottawa Citizen
<p>Th small town of Golf, Illinois, is likely to stay that way because of barriers at its borders. Its residents couldn't be happier.</p>
Apr 3, 2008 The Chicago Tribune
<p>With a growth rate of more than 75% over the last seven years, Kendall County, Illinois, is changing fast and the local farming community is struggling to adapt.</p>
Mar 21, 2008 The Associated Press