Another key aspect of China’s urbanization is the people left behind in the villages. China’s villages are often described as full of small children and the elderly, with virtually no working class. But one left-behind group is overlooked in this picture: the wives.
“These women are expected not only to tend to the farm work, but also have to raise their child, and help their husband’s parents in old age. In every relationship, they are expected to sacrifice for the good of the family. They also face the uncertainty that comes with being married to a person who now essentially lives in another world.”
[Link: Forgotten wives and left behind grandparents]