Chinese Inquiry

What does each Chinese social class do for its economy?

What are the social classes?

The first class consists of palace courts, nobles, government officials, the Shi, and scholars. The second class are the Nong, farmers, and peasants. The third class are the Gong and artisans, which are skilled craftsmen. The fourth class are the Shang and people involved with trade, merchants. ("Chinese Social Hierarchy")

What does each social class do for China?

Aristocratic scholars who studied in order to occupy positions of rank. They also owned land and were very respected even though they weren't that rich. They also produced crops just like the farmers. Farmers were landholders like the scholars. The farmers produced the food to sustain the society. The third class were like farmers because they produced essential objects, but most of them did not have land of their own. However, they commanded more respect than merchants than artisans because the skills they had were handed down from father to son. Artisans could be government employed or self employed, and the most successful could become wealthy enough to hire apprentices or laborers that they could manage. The fourth class transported and traded goods made by others. ("Ancient China Social Classes")

What are some challenges of each social class?

The Shang and Merchants

They did not get a lot of respect. The traders could not achieve significant wealth and were held in low esteem because they did not produce anything. There was a popular perception of these people as greedy and immoral. ("Ancient China Social Classes")
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New Questions From my Research?

Is there a way/ can a person move up or down from one social class to another class? If so, how?

Are people born into the classes, or is their social class decided when they become an adult, get a job, etc? If they are born into a class, do they have to complete the job of their class?

New Learning:

I have learned about the different responsibilities that class had. Some were more important than others, even though to me they seemed less important than some others. I learned that it was very had to be a scholar, because there was limited access to information at the time. I also learned that even the lower classes were still able to have land, which was very surprising because they did not have as much money as the classes above them.

So what?

I will be able to reference this in my life, because I will be able to say what class I most likely fit in at the time. This will alter my behavior because I will be able to reference how the modern American life is better than the Chinese life, and I will judge other country's culture less and be more proud of my country's culture.


This project was very engaging to me because I was able to find fun pictures, and I had great sources to help me find information. Actually typing the information was not very engaging because it was very time consuming. Finding useful sources was very effective, because it saved me time, and it was very easy for me to find my information. It was a struggle for me to put pictures in, and since it took me a while to put a picture in, much of my time was wasted, giving me less time to actually type and do my research and final project.

Works Cited:

Works Cited

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