Five years ago, when Qin Yuefei graduated from the prestigious Yale University, he could have found a well-paid job in big cities like New York or Beijing, and lived an affluent life thereafter. However, to everyone’s surprise, he journeyed to the hinterlands of China and became a grassroots village official earning only 1,450 yuan (US$224.46) a month.
Two years ago, when Qin’s office term ended, he got the chance of being promoted to a higher-rank government post. But to everyone’s surprise again, he volunteered to work in another village some 30 km away from the previous one with his salary totally unchanged.
Even to this day, Qin’s career choices have confused many people.