Day 225: Entrepreneurial

Curbside recycling center, Pudong

Curbside recycling center, Pudong

The people in China are the most entrepreneurial folks I’ve ever met; whether creating a restaurant from a wok, a steam table and 4 plastic stools, or setting up a shoe repair / key-making operation with pirated electricity from an overhead escalator, or starting a recycling business on a busy downtown street corner with a scale, some shrink wrap and a hand cart, Chinese citizens are willing to work long hours under less than ideal conditions in order to earn a living. As in any country, the people willing to do these jobs are often migrants, shut-off from other avenues of employment, who, of necessity, strike out on the path of self-employment and freelance work.

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