“The importance of the pig in the Chinese diet is reflected strongly in language. In days past, and still today, to some extent, any family home of the slightest substance would quarter at least one animal. The pig was once such an integral part of normal family life that writing the Chinese character for roof written above the one for pig, creates the word meaning
Remember that there are 600 million poor rural people in China and the items in this article are a subject of daily discussion for them. To better understand the rural population, read "Invisible China" by Scott Rozelle.
It is great to see that at least some people understand the strengths and weaknesses of China.
It is a pity that apparently none of them work in the US government.
Kudos also for understanding that the CCP's actions are not those of an arrogant, decadent elite but those of a group intimately familiar with how a government's legitimacy and credibility is lost in the eyes of its populace.
Excellent article, thanks.