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Sharpe. Williams, Philip F. 2: 153-162. Wu Zuxiang (1934; rpt. 1988), “Chai” [Firewood], in Shi huang ji [Prose gleanings]. Beijing: Beijing daxue chubanshe, pp. 75-85. Zhang Mingyuan (1989), Duo yu de xiatian [A rainy summer], Ju zuojia [Playwright] 53 (March): 4-27. (Alternate title of this play is Ye cao [Wild grass]). Zhang Mingyuan (2003), Wild Grass (translated by Philip F. , Reading the Right Text: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Drama. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, pp. 391-457.

Com/news/international/1472893/shanghai_population_nears_19_million/ Solinger, Dorothy J. (1999), Contesting Citizenship in Urban China: Peasant Migrants, the State, and the Logic of the Market. Berkeley: University of California Press. Smith, Arthur H. (1899; rpt. 1970), Village Life in China. Boston: Little, Brown. 244. Unger, Jonathan (2002). The Transformation of Rural China. E. Sharpe. Williams, Philip F. 2: 153-162. Wu Zuxiang (1934; rpt. 1988), “Chai” [Firewood], in Shi huang ji [Prose gleanings].

Taking a liking to the young fellow provincial, the veteran truck driver eventually becomes the narrator’s “master” [shifu], taking him on as his apprentice driver (Zhang Xianliang 1986: 77). This enables the job-seeking migrant narrator a chance to settle into a decent and secure job that pays well enough to support both him and eventually his new family. Moreover, it is through the narrator’s guanxi network that he wins the affections of the young woman he would eventually wed – no doctor would have been willing to get out of bed in the middle of the night to treat the woman’s severely ill toddler son unless the doctor had owed the narrator a favor for a past kindness – precisely the situation in this incident.

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