Episode 46: How household registration in China continues to divide society


China's household registration - or hukou - system identifies citizens by their urban or rural origins and follows them wherever they may live or work, determining their lifelong access to healthcare, education and other services. Yet in an economically transformed China, hukou is increasingly seen as reinforcing inequality, unfairly cleaving society in two. So what is China doing about it?

China sociologist Professor Martin Whyte and Asia historian Dr Lewis Mayo join Ali Moore to pick apart the complexities and contradictions of the hukou system.


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Professor Martin Whyte and Dr Lewis Mayo

Professor Martin Whyte and Dr Lewis Mayo