National Geographic : 1988 Dec
The Kuos LIVING IN A TOWN FULL of rela tives, Koping Kuo and his wife, Chao I Ping, often find the court yard of their home (above) bus tlingwith communal activity such as shared laundry chores. Follow ing tradition,Chao I Pingmoved in with Koping and his parents, Dai Hong andAh Mai, when they were married.On four hectares (ten acres) in the fertile deltaof the Yangtze, or ChangJiang,the Kuos cultivate cotton, rice, wheat, and corn (left), which they sell to a state cooperativefor an annual income of about $700. Though they could earn more by growing producefor a cash crop, they have been encouragedby the govern ment to concentrateon food grainsfor the benefit of the na tion. Thus Ah Mai (above right) needs to buy many of theirfoods life are appearingin their house in the village market of Chiu hold, includinga washing Chin. Though poor by Western machine and a television set. standards,the Kuos enjoy a rela- Electricity,however, is not avail tively comfortable life. Meals able during the day, when the (below) usually include rice,fish energy demand of the province's soup, and homegrown vegetables, growing number of rural Slowly the amenities of modern industriestakes priority.