Last Train Home, Reflection

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This documentary portrayed the brutal living standards of an average Chinese family. Some scenes were shocking, heartbreaking and others simply moving. I often found myself thinking "What are these people living for?" I understand how the daughter in the family found it easier to choose the working life at her age, however after seeing how her parents ended up, how can one choose the same when other opportunities are present? I am not asking these questions to judge their choices, I am asking them because I am trying to understand where they are coming from.

I believe the living conditions are horrible. They move away from their family in order to be able to support them. For the parents it is a matter of sacrificing the well-being of their children for their own relationship with them. The parents have strong love towards the children they do not even know, while the children feel little to no relation to the parents. Both sides are understandable. They work day and night so that their family have enough to survive, and so they can have a better life. They see them maybe one or two times a year. This is a life, but it is not living. They do not have any freedom because of the responsibility and threat on their shoulders. This is a life I would not want to lead. I believe there is great unhappiness here, and like everyone else I want to be happy. I think they can be defined as a modern version of the african slaves of the 1900's. I think I would feel trapped living like either the mother, father, daughter or the son, and I would rather live like I do now.

"Unrestricted globalization can damage the development of less developed countries." I believe this statement is very true. What I understand from it is that when more developed countries force their style of living onto less developed countries, they usually do not have the sufficient infrastructure or resources to sustain this kind of living. This results in poverty, and population not being able to...
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