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The Secret Document That Transformed China

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The Secret Document That Transformed China

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The Secret Document That Transformed China

The Secret Document That Transformed China

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Yen Jinchao, one of the farmers who signed the secret document in 1978. Jacob Goldstein/NPR hide caption

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In 1978, a group of farmers in a Chinese village called Xiaogang wrote a secret contract and hid it in the roof of a mud hut.

They were afraid the document might get them executed. Instead, it wound up completely transforming the Chinese economy.

On today's show, we travel to Xiaogang, and hear the farmers' story.

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