100-year-old ragpicking granny on the tramp for decades, homeless and childless; netizens’ comments
From QQ.com At noon on November 17, 2010, an old woman walking on South Wenchang Road in Guiyang with heavy waste paper cartons on her back. It captured the eyes of passers-by including me.
“Granny, you are not young, and you carry things so heavy?” The old woman didn’t reply right way. Instread, she took a break at the corner of Zhiyue road and said to the reporter and spectators, “I am 100 years old.”
Spectators praised her ability to bear such a heavy load at such an old age. When she was taking the rest, they tried the load themselves. Some said it must be 40 kilos (44 pounds). Some said 50 kilos (55 pounds). A man who recycles garbage for a living stopped by, and weighed the load with his steelyard. He said it exceeded 60 kilos (66 pounds), the maximum his steelyard can weigh.
The granny had to stop again because of the heavy burden after having walked for a while. She is very familiar with the alleyways and streets. Likewise, residents living along the alleyways and streets are also familiar with her.
Later on, the granny told me that her name is Tan Xiaozhen. She is illiterate. She came to the city of Guiyang from Sichuan Province before 1949. During all the past decades of her stay in Guiyang, she was alone. She never had a fixed residence. She lived under bridges, under roofs on street, or in makeshift huts on alleyways.
From the moment I saw her on South Wenchang Road, until she arrived at the recycling station on South Fushui Road, she rested seven times, none of those longer than a minute. It took her more than 40 minutes to complete the entire trip.
“Granny, you should call it a day and go home. Can I visit your home?” “I don’t have a home,” she replied. Onlookers at the recycling station said to her encouragingly, “Don’t be afraid. At your age, you might get your basic living allowances after he visits your home. ”
“This is my place!” The granny said to me. It’s a room spaced out at the turn of the dark alleyway, about five square meters(53 square feet) large. There is very little room besides a makeshift bed for sleep. There is hardly any furniture or equipment.
Selected comments from Chinese netizens:
In China, there are many many people like this granny…They wander on streets at three or four in the morning, searching for waste paper and waste materials. If they are late, these will have been recycled by sanitation workers, or other early birds will have caught the worms. At night, when most people are asleep, they come out again. When she was young, she was plagued by wars, hunger and poverty. Now it’s peacetime, she is still the same.
I truly wish the granny can have more happiness at her later years. We can’t count on other people to care about her. We can only hope that chengguan (Jing note: China’s city management and law enforcement personnel who are notorious in China for brutally and inhumanely treating street vendors and tramps, sometimes by beating them and other times by destroying their businesses, and driving them away) can leave her alone.
Please the photo journalist, please leave us the address of her place so that more kind-hearted people can donate money to her.
First, I am really happy to see that the granny, at the age of 100, is still healthy.Second, it’s very touching and sad to know the 100-year-old is humping and bumping. Tears welled up in my eyes. Granny, wish you a healthy and long life.Third, if possible, the report, please leave a contact information with your kind heart and let us help her. (Please don’t pour cold water on me. I know there are so many similarly miserable people out there that we can’t help them all. But if we see one and help one, we’ve got one.)Fourth, I hope the government can offer a really good solution to this problem. We have seen it too much.
I ask for the detailed address. I can’t help with other things, but I can offer one or two hundred yuan. It can at least allow the granny to change a few items in her place.
Where is the party concerned?
I hope our country can take senior citizens who are alone and widowed seriously.
What kind of socialism is that? Alas! People have no one to bother about them even after they die, and we talk about basic living allowances? Alas!
Can the government stop fussing over the Olympics, the Asian Games and the World Expo? Money spent on those are enough for old people in China to die a decent death.