Young men driving mule carts from Nanjing. Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, 1979. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN.
Jiangsu—a populous, developed province on the eastern seaboard about the size of Iceland—has enjoyed recent double-digit rates of economic growth. The success of rural industrialization driven by local governments and foreign investment, however, has further widened the gap between a prosperous Sunan (southern Jiangsu) and an impoverished Subei (northern Jiangsu).
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