Shanghai Disney park will displace local residents and farmers

Posted Friday, November 6, 2009 12:41 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Walt Disney Co.’s newest castle may rise from the Shanghai fields where retired farmer Jin Xinmei and her husband grow Chinese cabbage, potatoes and strawberries to supplement their $103 monthly pension. Jin, 72, said the local government already told her that she and her husband will have to relocate from their native Qigan Village in the Pudong district so Disney can build its newest theme park. Jin wasn’t told how much the government will pay for her 30-square-meter (323-square-foot) house and its backyard vegetable patch, she said.

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Saturday, November 7, 2009 10:26 AM

They'll probably just get tossed under a bus.

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Saturday, November 7, 2009 1:15 PM

If its Disney.. They will hire them to drive the bus.. :)

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Saturday, November 7, 2009 11:34 PM

At least you can argue that relocating people for a hydroelectric dam project is necessary for some common good. This is moving people out of homes they've lived in for years and years so a publicly traded company can take over property for a profit. (Granted, it's the government moving them out, so they can take the land and sell it to Disney, but that's just a technicality as far as I'm concerned.)

It really is a small world after all. Tinkerbell will sprinkle her pixie dust and 5000 families will disappear.

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