About this submission
Based on my own experience with my parents as small-business owners, Kowtow encapsulates the enduring issue of a systematic corruption in China. Corruption has permeated the fabric of everyday life under the Chinese “dual-track economy” with its parallel markets and state-driven activities. In order to seek for opportunities or even maintain a livelihood, individuals in China often have to give in those with more power, resort to illicit transactions, and thus adapt to the corrupted system. I tell this story to explore the traumatic impact of this sophisticated and rampaging network of corruption.