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The Teahouse under SocialismThe Decline and Renewal of Public Life in Chengdu, 1950-2000$
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Di Wang

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781501715488

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501715488.001.0001

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Urban Residents and Migrant Workers in Public Life

Urban Residents and Migrant Workers in Public Life

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(p.150) 5 Urban Residents and Migrant Workers in Public Life
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The Teahouse under Socialism
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Di Wang

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501715488.003.0006

This chapter focuses on the various types of teahouse patron and those who made a living in and associated with the teahouse, especially migrant workers. With the post-Mao reforms and weakening of state control, teahouses could exist in a relatively more open social environment, serving all levels and all kinds of customers across the social spectrum regardless of outward status, class, gender, and age; in particular they became the domain of the retired and elderly. Furthermore, as local markets strengthened and management practices improved, people once again began to earn a living in teahouses.

Keywords:   Market, Information center, Social groups, Migrant workers

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