Farmer with geese at a Shanghai Commune. The plight of the countryside after the Great Leap Forward was placed of the shoulders of Chairman Mao. The loose alliance of intellectuals, activists, officials, and members of the public that make up the New Rural Reconstruction Movement blame the plight of the countryside in the twenty-first century on globalization and neo-liberal policies. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN.
The New Rural Reconstruction Movement refers to mainly non-governmental efforts