Reap What You Sow
As a way of managing increasing social tensions in Chinese society, the government have been trying to rebuild social work as a profession in recent years. However, supporting institutions remain immature and resources implored focus in urban area and undermine the needs in rural area. Young Chinese social workers were frustrated for not being able to make any impact in developing a self-sustained community, instead, endless scattered short-term cases needed to be handled only when incidents happened. Some of them therefore decided to start social work campaigns in rural area, hoping to find a way to turn rural economy self-sustainable.
Xian Liang Xi Village, like most of the rural villages in China, loses its vitality since most youngsters migrated into cities to look for jobs. Some social workers tried to organize women who are left behind to run a hostel business. They thought this would help these women to gain confidence and hence a way of living without to need to move to cities. Later, youngsters, who were tired to leaving home in exchange for a busy life-style, were also motivated by them and come back to work with these social workers, hoping to make the village economically self-sustainable again.
As outsiders, would these social workers be able to bring back vitality to Xian Lian Xi Village? Under the current Chinese state policies that aim at developing cities by undermining rural areas, what difficulties would they encounter?