China 2050: foreign migrant workers in China; netizens’ reaction
French photographer Benoit Cezard, who has lived in Wuhan, Hubei province for six years, suddenly rose to fame on the Internet, after he orchestrated a series of photos in which Caucasians pose as migrant workers in China.
Benoit Cezard is convinced that by 2050, China will overtake the United States as the world’s No.1 economy, and as the result, foreigners will come to China for manual and low-paid jobs, such as street vendors and sanitation workers, most of which are currently held by low-cost workers from rural China.
(Profile of Benoit Cezard published in Global Times.)
Tutors for hire (The makeshift sign on the left: “Foreign language classes, one on one. Beginners classes. Language partners. French, German, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian”. The right one: “Extracurricular classes: Cooking, Chess, Spanish Guitar”.)
Motor rickshaw driver
Top netizens’ comments on NetEase
淑香饰家 [网易浙江省宁波市网友]：2012-07-07 10:38:14 发表
At first sight, I felt amused and funny. But after a few more glances, I found that behind these photos is a thought about humanity. It’s very philosophical, worth contemplating.
网易海南省五指山市网友 [tiantang9] 的原贴：2
Now it is us Chinese who are doing these jobs around the world. Only after China becomes stronger can what’s in the photos materializes. Therefore, an admonition to those detractors: Development is the only golden rule.
网易山东省济南市网友 [警察出来洗地啦] 的原贴：3
I can’t get the philosophy. I just feel as if I were reading Andersen’s fairy tales.
I simply regard it as a MIX life experience.
会飞的爪哇 [网易海南省海口市网友]：2012-07-07 10:42:22 发表
The looks and the crops look convincing. But their faces don’t have the vicissitudes of life and the aloofness.
只看侧面 [网易北京市石景山区网友]：2012-07-07 10:33:47 发表
Based on multiple factors, this scenario just can’t occur.
别打我PP [网易江苏省盐城市网友]：2012-07-07 10:41:39 发表
Food, demolition, chengguan…even foreigners understand the hardships of life of Chinese people living at the bottom rung of the society.
操场哥 [网易浙江省杭州市网友]：2012-07-07 10:42:50 发表
This set of photos has appealed to our countrymen’s vanity and satisfied their wild fantasies.
让李刚飞 [网易广东省东莞市网友]：2012-07-07 10:52:31 发表Here in our country,You guys are really comfortable.Nothing to worry about even if you rape.Nothing to worry about even if you beat people.Nothing to worry about even if you hurl insults.There are always people who aid you guys.…………….Therefore, you just keep living here.Everything will be given to you,Including things you really desire.
flowerswy [网易广东省深圳市网友]：2012-07-08 10:13:23 发表
Among the 10 million strong foreigners every year, how many of them are like that? Look at the image we Chinese project abroad. If you go abroad more, observe and listen, you will know.
永恒依恋 [网易重庆市网友]：2012-07-08 10:16:28 发表
It really looks like a publicity stunt!!
After 2012, the center of the world will shift to China.
网易江苏省常州市网友 [德荣电子大伙计] 的原贴：2
The precondition is: China is not entangled into war by the intrigue that the United States carefully designs. The U.S. is attempting to drag China down with wars in order to make sure its central status in the world is not shaken by China.
网易广东省深圳市网友 [爬墙找壁花] 的原贴：3
This country won’t make me happy a bit even if it becomes the No. 1 in the universe.
网易河北省沧州市网友 [永恒中国心] 的原贴：
Those who go abroad from China are elites. Those who come to China are…
bhtxszc29692 [网易福建省三明市网友]：2012-07-08 09:57:19 发表
It turns out that Chinese are not the only ones that are fond of wild fantasies.