Recently, I watched a Chinese movie called To Live, set in the 1900’s. Fugui and Jiazhen endure tumultuous events in China as their personal fortunes move from wealthy landownership to peasantry. The greatest problem facing the government in the 1980s was the same as that in 1900: the grinding poverty in which most Chinese people lived. In the movie, Fugui had to learn how to work for his money instead of squandering his family’s. The movie really showed the hardships that people had to go through because of the change in the governments. However, it was not bad for all, only the rich. The communist government in China took away the wealth from the rich, such as houses and land, and attempted to make all the people equal.

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