poverty

April 3, 20113 Comments

Picture of the day: Beggar duped by man with counterfeit banknotes

The beggar is sad over his loss and shows the reporter the 11 counterfeit 100-yuan notes. An old beggar in Quanzhou of southern Fujian Province was approached by a man, who offered to give him 100-yuan notes for small change he owned. The beggar was more than happy to accept the offer, as the small [...]

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March 29, 2011One Comment

Picture of the day: Chinese rural kids’ invariable staple

Kids stand together and have soybeans mixed with rice for lunch In several rural villages of Du’an Yao Ethnic Autonomous County, Guangxi province, most boarding schools do not have a standard dining hall. School children have to bring raw rice, soybeans, Chinese cabbage and salt to school and steam them for meals. Only a handful [...]

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March 25, 20113 Comments

Corruption shields killer driver after he crushed victim multiple times to death

Below is a web article posted by a young man from Xinhua, Hunan province, whose mother was allegedly brutally murdered by a construction company driver who hit her. The crime has been covered up by the local police and officials that are in cahoots with the powerful construction company. The article has caught massive attention [...]

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February 13, 20112 Comments

Largest slum in south China’s Sanya demolished, leaving dwellers homeless

Photos from IFENG Report from Xinhua In Sanya, a beautiful coastal city in south China, a large area of makeshift shacks sprawling over Mangguo village and Xigua village (literally: Mango village and Watermelon village) used to be peasants’ abode. However, since January 19, the city government has started forced demolition and eviction that targets the [...]

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January 18, 20115 Comments

Pretty Chinese girl sings for a living on the street, auctions off her first love at RMB100,000

From Hexun Qilu People’s Daily Online Xinhua A post about a girl singing in Beijing’s underpass for a living has become extremely hot in China’s cyberspace. It dubs the girl “Panhandling Loli.” (Jing’s note: Loli, a reference to Vladimir Nabokov’s book Lolita, is now widely used in Chinese Internet culture as a synonym for pretty [...]

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December 30, 20106 Comments

Photos: Shortage of doctors and medical resources leaves millions of sick Chinese children untreated

From NetEase: Beijing has about 1.78 million “medical expert appointments”  available each year, but last year, 138 million requests for medical needs were made. People say that seeing a doctor is like fighting a battle, and making an appointment is like going through Spring Festival travel season. (Jing’s note: Because the significance of Spring Festival, or [...]

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December 22, 20103 Comments

3-year-old Chinese girl does chores and takes care of disabled father; netizens divided reactions

From QQ and Wenxuecity: A series of photos of a three year old girl acting as a housekeeper have been widely circulated over the Internet. Touched by her, netizens gave her a cute nickname “little strong girl.” (坚强妞 jianqiangniu) Dong Xinyi was born in 2007 in a rural town in Leling, Shangdong, a province in East China. Though [...]

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November 22, 20103 Comments

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 [...]

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