I’m sorry star New York Times reporter Ian Johnson, but I can’t pay attention to your story about young professionals leaving China “in record numbers” because your photo editor chose to illustrate the piece with a photobomb.
“Lee Yangang and his wife, Wang Lu,” should learn not to take their friends (I’m assuming, because of proximity and ethnicity) to photoshoots with them. Alternatively, professional photographers employed by the NYT could maybe learn to check the backgrounds of photos before they publish them.
IMPORTANT POINT: my flippancy should not detract from the quality of the actual article itself:
As China’s Communist Party prepares a momentous leadership change in early November, it is losing skilled professionals like Ms. Chen in record numbers. In 2010, the last year for which complete statistics are available, 508,000 Chinese left for the 34 developed countries that make up the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. That is a 45 percent increase over 2000.
Few emigrants from China cite politics, but it underlies many of their concerns. They talk about a development-at-all-costs strategy that has ruined the environment, as well as a deteriorating social and moral fabric that makes China feel like a chillier place than when they were growing up. Over all, there is a sense that despite all the gains in recent decades, China’s political and social trajectory is still highly uncertain.
“We don’t feel that China is suitable for people like us,” Ms. Wang said. “To get ahead here you have to be corrupt or have connections; we prefer a stable life.”
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