The 52-year-old American expert Eric Miller has worked and lived in China for 15 years from 1988 to the present. He witnessed the tremendous changes in China with his own eyes and wrote many articles about China.
Now, Eric has settled in Yangquan City in Taihang Mountain for 7 years, and he is a foreign expert who has been introduced by Shanxi to obtain an A-type economic work visa.
When he first came to Dalian University of Foreign Languages to study in 1988, Eric saw dilapidated streets and houses. It was difficult to find a small restaurant to eat. He said that at that time the gap between China and the United States was very large, but now this gap has been significantly reduced, and China has even done better than the United States in some aspects.
"I have been to many countries, and I haven't seen any country that can achieve such rapid development as China." He said.
Eric did a full year of anthropological research in the rural village of Zouping, Shandong in 1997, and later went back there many times, and was pleasantly surprised every time. He recorded the development of local rural areas in details, clearly showing China's steps towards a well-off society. In 2008, Eric compiled a manuscript of what he saw and heard in the rural areas of Zouping, combined with other American scholars' articles, and published "The Changes of Rural China". They believe that only by knowing the rural areas of China can they know the real China.
Today, Eric lives in rural Yangquan with his wife and 6-year-old daughter, and is engaged in hospice care at Yangquan Youai Hospital. Although hospice care is still in its infancy in the local area and his team has only 4 full-time staff, he believes that China's economy is full of vitality and the social security system is becoming more and more perfect. Hospice care has broad prospects in China in the future.
Eric wrote down his experience bit by bit in his notes. He has contacted more than 100 patients with terminal cancer in hospice care, and more than a dozen received hospice care. The oldest is 89 years old and the youngest is only 9 years old.
China's high-speed rail, QR code payment and online car-hailing have impressed Eric, and 5G is developing very fast and life is very convenient. He wants to stay rooted in Yangquan with his wife for the rest of his life and explore a hospice care model suitable for small cities in China.
"The biggest change in Yangquan is that the air quality is much better, which reflects people's concern about environmental issues. Now there are electric taxis on the streets, and solar and wind farms in the countryside. I really hope that the environment here will continue to improve." K said.