National Geographic : 2013 Mar
return to river town 87 Too MANY CHoICEs Yang Fanglin (above) revisits her classroom from the mid-1990s, when as a student she took on the name Emily, after Emily Brontë. Back then the government assigned jobs to graduates. “You didn’t have to make many decisions,” she says. “Now there are so many options, which creates pressure.” Most of the old campus, including the gymnasium, is unused and awaiting sale on the private market.