Faces of Fuling

STRESSFUL CHOICES

Yang Fanglin revisits the classroom where she studied English in the mid-1990s and took on the name Emily, after Emily Brontë. Back then the government assigned jobs to graduates. “You didn’t have to make many decisions,” she says. “Now there are so many options, which creates pressure.”

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CAREER PATH

When Liao Chaoli studied English, he chose to go by the bold name of Mo Money. Today he teaches English to high schoolers in Chongqing.

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RIVER VIEW

Huang Dejian, the director of the White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum, stands in the viewing gallery 130 feet beneath the surface of the Yangtze River.

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FROM NOODLES TO TILES

When the Huang family's popular noodle restaurant was demolished as part of Fuling’s redevelopment, they opened a tile shop. “In two years this will all be big buildings,” says Huang Xiaoqiang, posing with his wife, Feng Xiaoqin. “And they’ll need ceramic tiles.”

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UPWARDLY MOBILE

Chen Zhengyong—who called himself Jimmy in his English classes—grew up on a farm with only an eighth of an acre of land. “My parents would slaughter a pig when they had to pay school fees,” he says. Now a teacher, he owns a car and four apartments and sends his daughter, Chen Hongni (shown at left), to a private boarding school.

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ENGLISH TUTOR

Dai Xiaohong, the son of illiterate farmers, studied English in school, using the name William Jefferson Foster, partly in honor of President Clinton. Now fluent in English, he gives private lessons in coastal Zhejiang Province, where students come from families of entrepreneurs.

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PATIENT FATHER

Fisherman Huang Zongguo sits in a mah-jongg shop, waiting to collect his daughter from school.

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BOATBUILDER

Huang Zongming stands next to a fishing boat he’s making. He began working with metal because “nobody buys those wooden boats anymore.”

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