Tagging along with three migrant workers from Yunnan province during chunyun, or the spring migration of the country’s workforce, former ICWA fellow Matthew Chitwood (China, 2017-2019) takes a slow train across China for The American Interest.

“Somewhere on the 36-hour journey,” he writes, “I realized it would be my last. As China’s transportation networks such as high-speed rail and flights improve, the chunyun genre, as we know it—with all its struggle and triumph of the human spirit—is quickly going the way of the slow train.

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