This rather disturbing picture raises a lot of questions. Is the social support network in China as weak as it was in the U.S. during the Great Depression? Does China rely on unsustainable economic growth to keep its citizens happy?
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A Chinese police officer talks to a man who tried to immolate himself after putting out the fire with an extinguisher along a shopping street in Chongqing on April 29, 2009. The 41-year-old man is believed to have lost all his money in the ongoing financial crisis.