migrant workers

August 17, 20123 Comments

Children of migrant workers protest wage arrears

From NetEase On August 14, 13 children of rural migrant workers congregated at the entrance to a jade market in Dali, Yunnan province. Their ages range from 5 to 20. All of them held in their hands a hand-written sign demanding money to pay for their tuitions. Their parents worked for a construction project six [...]

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July 9, 2012One Comment

Photos: Hometown of overseas Chinese in desolation

From NetEase In the past few decades, about 200,000 people from Changle, Fujian province joined the gold rush to the other side of the Pacific Ocean with nothing but a daring spirit and permanently changed the map of the Chinese diaspora in the United States. While Changle is quickly absorbing and amassing wealth from abroad, [...]

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June 14, 20129 Comments

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

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 [...]

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April 19, 20123 Comments

Photos: Rural migrants’ temporary abode

Note: By Adeline Wang, one of our contributors. From Sina Under the bridge, on the riverside, inside the tunnel, there are shelters that have become home to China’s massive workforce. The moment the skyscrapers are erected and replace what were there, those who help built them will leave without a trace. And those strangers, they [...]

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March 28, 201212 Comments

Photos: Chinese family of 3 lives in transformed public restroom

From NetEase Skyrocketing housing prices and rents in Chinese cities have always been a vexing issue for urban dwellers in the past decade. Luckily, necessity is the mother of invention. Migrant workers who really have to tighten their purse strings have come up with a variety of ideas, ranging from ‘Egg House’ to ‘Capsule Inn’, [...]

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February 29, 20124 Comments

Photos: “If I were elected a deputy to Chinese legislature, what I would propose”

From NetEase The annual “two sessions” – one for the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislative body, and the other for Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, convene in Beijing on March 5 this year. Reporters with Xinhua News Agency visited a college campus, a bus station, a hospital, a construction site among other places and [...]

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January 5, 20123 Comments

China’s online railway ticket sales goes berserk; a rural migrant’s letter to railways officials

China’s Ministry of Railways has rolled out an ambitious plan to sell highly sought-after train tickets online for the upcoming Spring Festival Rush in an effort to ease the burden of securing a ticket. However, most people that tried to use the official online system experienced great difficulty and frustration while placing the order, and [...]

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January 2, 201210 Comments

What do Chinese people envision as the best life?

What kind of life do Chinese people desire the most in the new year? The news documentary featuring interviews with six ordinary Chinese people from all walks of life was produced by Chinese news portal Net Ease as a tribute to year 2011 and translated into English by Ministry of Tofu.

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December 30, 20114 Comments

Migrant worker offering bus seat gets insulted, triggers clamor for more respect for peasants

From Modern Express and Sina Weibo A young peasant-turned migrant worker gave up his bus seat to a woman with a little child. His well-meant offer was abruptly rejected by the woman, who claimed his seat was “too dirty,” and took it out on her child desiring the seat. The post, recounted by a witness, [...]

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December 27, 20116 Comments

The Plight of China’s Migrant Workers

From NetEase 网易《看客》 Ministry of Tofu: Migrant workers have been subject to unstable employment, hazardous working conditions, and low wages. On top of that, they often find themselves fighting deceptive employers for their meager salaries. Here are some pictures that show what they would do in desperate situations. Migrant workers are considered “outsiders” in the [...]

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November 18, 2011One Comment

Photos: China’s "Rooftop Elementary School” hangs on for 12 years

From QQ This is an elementary school for children of migrant workers living in Wuhan, the largest and most prosperous city in Central China. It rents a residential building in a run-down neighborhood to house its students. Its rooftop, on which tenants used to hang washed laundry to dry, now serves as children’s playground, where [...]

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November 16, 20117 Comments

Photos: 9-seat China school bus carrying 64 crashes, kills 18 preschoolers

From Sina & Caijing A school bus carrying 64 people, seven times as many as passengers it should have been, crashed head-on with a truck in Yulinzi township in northwest China’s Gansu province. At least 20 people, including 18 children, were killed. 44 were still hospitalized, including 12 critically injured. Sixty-two children and two adults [...]

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September 22, 20118 Comments

Photos: Lunch is a luxury and rarity to China’s rural children, and you can help them.

Previously, one Ministry of Tofu post noted that in many Chinese rural villages, schools do not have a standard dining hall. School children from poor families bring raw rice, soybeans, Chinese cabbage and salt to school and steam them for meals. Only a handful of students from slightly better-off families can afford lard and cured meat. Some families [...]

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September 13, 20119 Comments

Photos: Empty chairs become the pain of rural China, especially on Mid-Autumn Day

From Xinhua Due to the massive urbanization process, the traditional pattern of agrarian life in which men farm and women engage in the weaving and spinning has been tweaked in many rural regions in China. However, restrictions and discriminatory policies on family register (hukou) system, housing, education and other social security have rendered it very difficult for [...]

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September 9, 20115 Comments

Photos: Chinese blaze new paths in Africa

From NetEase In the past eight months of 2011 alone, Chinese direct investment in Africa amounts to 32.3 billion U.S. dollars. “Chinese can be seen every day. There are traces of China everywhere,” Africans say. Over one million Chinese are now carving out their own paths in today’s Africa, and tasting the glory and hardship [...]

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August 15, 20112 Comments

Chinese migrant workers live in graveyard

From Xinhua It has never occurred to Liu Junfeng that his parents would be living in “a place like that.” However, when he came for the first time to Taizhou, eastern province of Zhejiang, where his parents work, he found one of a few makeshift huts butting on graves would be his sweet home. Liu [...]

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July 7, 2011One Comment

Picture of the day: Handsome Chinese Uncle Naan becomes internet heartthrob

From NetEase Pictures of a street vendor in Ningbo, eastern Zhejiang province have circulated virally on Chinese internet. So far, altogether 50,000 strong microblog users shared the pictures from different sources. Because the mustachioed vendor sells naan, a round flatbread popular in most central Asian regions, netizens call him Uncle Naan. On one of the [...]

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May 13, 2011No Comments

Picture of the day: Migrant worker climbs on crane, strips off pants to get wages

The problem of wage arrears is endemic in construction sites and factories across China. A report from the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics reveals that by the end of 2008, there was a total of 225.42 million migrant workers in China, and about 5.8% of them did not get all due wages before the Chinese New [...]

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April 26, 2011One Comment

“Rat packs” living in Beijing’s underground to be driven out

From Beijing Times 22-year-old Shi is a salesperson in a department store near Muxiyuan. Her fiancé Guo is a trucker at a logistics company. They live in a makeshift room in a tunnel, one of thousands built in 1960s and 70s as air raid shelters. At 6 p.m. Shi bought some leafy vegetables for food [...]

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March 18, 20113 Comments

Picture of the day: unprotected steeplejack

A migrant worker from China’s hinterland stands on a scaffold of a high rise without any protection. Behind him is Shanghai’s important financial district Lujiazui. The photo was taken by a Sina microblog user who goes by the name 熊貓元気. Most employers, who are city slickers that take advantage of rural migrants’ lack of information or [...]

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