In previous courses I have always been fascinated by the Great Leap Forward as well as agriculture in China. Considering how much I have enjoyed researching those particular topics, one of the paper projects I am considering is looking at land reform in China.
When I think of land reform in China, I instinctually think of first the redistribution of land by the Chinese Communist party and then of the later Maoist processes of collectivization and communes. Rarely have I thought about what land reform might look like in modern China. I found this article titled “Is Land Reform Finally Coming to China?” on China Digital Times. It made an interesting argument that land reform is still a large part of Chinese rural society in the 21st century, and that land reform is partially responsible for the growing rural urban divide.
The article itself is a bit outdated being from 2013, however I would be interested to see how land reform continues to play a role in the division between rural and urban populations up to present day.
Land reform is obviously a very broad topic for the moment however I have two ways I am considering looking at the topic. One would be the role that land reform movements contribute to rural and urban relationships. Another topic I would also be interested to know how land reform has been viewed over time in China and what trend that perception might be.