Friday Photo: Free Market

When I arrived in China to teach English in 1984, the economic reforms instituted by Deng Xiaoping were just getting underway. The most visible sign of the changes was the “free market” that suddenly appeared on a nearby street.

china 1984

Prior to this, goods were only sold in state-run department stores and grocery stores. But here at the “free market” goods were being sold directly to the people.

It felt mildly subversive!