“Grandpa Wen, I want to go to school!”

June 14, 2012Archer Wang9 Comments, , , ,

Pictures from weibo.com

Weibo users reported the demonstration at the entrance of Fengtai District Education Commission in Beijing by elementary school age kids who are not eligible because they don’t have Beijing hukou.

The signs run, “I want to go to school.”

Their parents are migrant workers from outside Beijing. The municipal government’s attack last summer on local migrant schools has left about 14,000 kids out of school.


“Grandpa Wen: we want to go to school!”



“Our kids need to go to school!”


The protest reportedly lasted for a day.

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9 comments to ““Grandpa Wen, I want to go to school!””

  1. Blacksoth | June 16, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Wow, a protest. Are we sure this is China?

    Am I gonna read another article about this later about how they were harrassed by thugs, etc. etc.?

    (Btw Jing, you should probably explain “hukou” in your article to those that don’t know.)

    • Jing Gao | June 19, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      Right…It’s just so complicated a concept that I always feel like captioning…:D

      • Blacksoth | June 19, 2012 | Permalink Reply

        Copy and paste the grovesman post. ;)

        This isn’t the first time hearing about something like this. In Beijing it seems to be a big deal too. Is this a really important issue for all chinese? Seems like this is more than just kids going to a local school.

        • Blacksoth | June 29, 2012 | Permalink Reply

          And now to answer my own question… riot in Zhongshan.

  2. marketing to China | June 17, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    That a good way, let s encourage the kids to speak and ask themself to get education !

  3. grovesman | June 18, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    A hukou is a residence document indicating the city in which they were born (although they can transfer their hukou to another city under certain circumstances). If one does not have a residence document (hukou) from the city in which they currently live, they cannot attend a public school in that city.

  4. Aakanksha Singh | June 22, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    This sort of phobia for migrants is really disappointing!
    Even in India, there is always growing hostility towards migrant workers thanks to certain regional political parties who want to exploit the vote bank. This is seen in major cities like Mumbai and New Delhi although no schools have barred migrant workers’ children from studying.
    We are becoming an increasingly intolerant society.

  5. Don | July 2, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Children have right to go school

  6. test | January 12, 2013 | Permalink Reply


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