Rebuilding a Nation

Western newspapers like to describe China's modern development as 'breakneck' or 'runaway'. Living here, it is certainly easy to see that the pace of change has gotten away from a government so obsessed with control. Much has been sacrificed rebuilding a proud nation, but much squandered too.

For many, the heaviest loss is the breakdown in public morals, with Chinese young and old decrying the apparent lack of trust and civility in a society once defined by a sense of common purpose. While everyone is busy 'facing towards money' (往钱看), there seems little time - or little incentive - to face one another.

The ruling party has responded in the only way it knows how - with paternalistic public campaigns. These photos were taken one misty morning in Hangzhou to illustrate their particular concerns.

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Be Patriotic And Obey The Law
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Obey The Traffic Rules
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No Littering
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Be Dedicated And Love Your Work
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No Public Property Damaging
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No Spitting
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Be Frugal
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Be Polite And Honest
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Be Friendly And Harmonious
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No Dirty Words
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No Public Property Damaging
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Be Dedicated And Love Your Work
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No Spitting
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Obey The Traffic Rules
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Be Frugal
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Be Polite And Honest
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No Dirty Words
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Be Friendly And Harmonious