Review: China’s Urban Billion by Tom Miller

In a region full of big challenges, one of the weightiest is the on-going task of moving 500 million Chinese from farms to cities. This story, that of the world’s largest human migration, is told vividly by Tom Miller in a pithy book, one that is part of Zed Books’ “Asian Arguments” series. It is a book that is at once sympathetic to the task faced by Chinese policy makers and yet infused with a journalist’s solid reportorial skills and natural scepticism, qualities that give the book a gritty, grounded credibility of a sort that is missing from most of what has been written on this subject.

This review was originally published in the Asian Review of Books. Can be accessed at