Duke Alumnus Brings Books to Rural China

October 3, 2016

Statistically, Dajun Hou had a 5% chance of attending college. Sixty percent of his classmates, the children of migrant workers in rural southern China, would drop out of the education system before high school.

When Hou came to study at Duke University in 2003, he knew the odds had been stacked against him, and he wasn’t alone; Hou was among some 60 million rural children denied access to China’s urban public schools, where a privileged few produced some of the top test scores in the world.

At Duke, Hou found other students—some Chinese and some American, studying everything from public policy to anthropology—who wanted to address the education gap.

Read more.