Living in China: Privileges attached to the “Hukou” should be eliminated

Itamar Medeiros

Originally from Brazil, Itamar Medeiros currently lives in Germany, where he works as Lead Product Design Strategist at SAP and promotes User Experience Design as visiting lecturer at Köln International School of Design. Working in the Information Technology industry since 1998, Itamar Medeiros has helped truly global companies in several countries (Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, United Arab Emirates, United States) create great user experience through advocating Design and Innovation principles. During his 7 years in China, he championed the User Experience Design discipline as User Experience Manager at Autodesk and Local Coordinator of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) in Shanghai

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  1. Raj Rajabali says:

    In a country with 1.5 billion people, removing the Hukou system is only going to add to the existing increasing chaos. There will never be sufficient resources to give all of Chinese nationals a decent lifestyle. There just simply is’nt enough to go around. There will have to be the have’s and many more have not’s in China. The Hukou is only one of a multitude of controls in place to slow the flow, keep in check the otherwise uncontrollable gradient of people pushing into the cities in the hope of a better life. Its like that everwhere in the world, but in other locations, the pressure is less felt due to lower populations or simply better infrastructure outside the urban centres. Other countries thus dont need to have such “Hukou” processes in place.

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