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September 4, 2012One Comment

3,000 children back to school with chairs and desks from home

From NetEase In China, September 1 is a typical back-to-school day and also time for parents to prepare school supplies for their children. In Shunhe county under the city of Macheng, Hubei province, one part of preparation of key importance is find passable desks and chairs at home and let their kids bring them to [...]

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April 26, 2012One Comment

Chinese rural children malnourished, anemic and poisoned

Additional sources: People’s Daily Online, Southern Weekend, China News Approximately 40 percent of children in rural China are stunted as a result of maternal and childhood malnutrition, according to a 2009 UNICEF report.  Corruption and incompetence at the local level have only made the matter worse by sickening even more children. In Gaohan Village, Yunnan [...]

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February 28, 20124 Comments

Photos: Hilarious one-child-policy writings on the wall

Bad news for internet humor: China is exterminating countless slogans splashed on the walls in rural China, screaming family planning and sterilization and striving to intimidate the population into submission. The Chinese authorities say that in promoting family planning, “Only by keeping abreast of the times and catering to the people can the idea take [...]

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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 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 15, 20113 Comments

Photos: Chinese children in drought-hit region make cliffhanging trips to fetch water

A severe and persistent drought, which started in June, has been parching crops in southwest China and straining drinking water supplies for more than 12.6 million people. According to the state media, until September 8, altogether 3.41 million hectares (8.42 million acres) of farmland in four provinces, namely Guizhou, Yunnan, Sichuan and Guangxi, and Chongqing [...]

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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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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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April 14, 2011No Comments

Video: Chinese school practices Michael Jackson’s dance as routine morning exercises

Duping Elementary School in southwestern Chongqing’s mountainous rural area has recently replaced their routine morning exercises, or radio calisthenics, with Michael Jackson’s dance. At 10 p.m. on every school day, 700 students come to the playground and dance to MJ’s Dangerous. Youtube version Unblocked version on youku.com Selected comments from Youku.com 展宇666: Quite good! Even [...]

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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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March 3, 2011No Comments

Photos: Chinese children carry burning torches to school

From IFENG It was the first day of the new semester at Baoping Elementary school in the town of Wamiao administered by Ziyang County, Shaanxi Province. In order not to be late for school, 12-year-old Zhang Huaying (张华英) got up at 5 a.m. as usual. Her home is nearly 10 kilometers (6 miles) away and [...]

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February 10, 201111 Comments

“American doctors suck,” overseas Chinese debate over health care

From MITBBS, a famous online community for true-born mainland Chinese who study and work abroad, mostly in the United States. Disclaimer: translation does not imply endorsement or disproval. There are very few good doctors in the U.S. I was ill several times in both China and the U.S. Many American doctors are pigheaded. pudonghao on [...]

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February 8, 2011One Comment

Chinese village builds “great wall”, gate to enclose itself and fend off outsiders, including thieves

From NetEase Aodi village in Taizhou, Zhejiang Province is embraced by the mountains on three sides and has only one bottleneck serving as the main entrance/exit. In recent years, the crime rate has climbed after the village has gradually bootstrapped itself out of the difficulties. In order to keep thieves at bay, residents chipped in [...]

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January 27, 20115 Comments

Photos: Chinese traded blood for food

Jing: Although in today’s Chinese cities, blood shortage and unsafe blood transfusion are no longer vexing issues, in the last century, China relied on paid blood donors to maintain an adequate supply. People in China’s rural regions where household income was not enough to keep body and soul together had a strong incentive to extend [...]

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January 12, 20116 Comments

Chinese rural schoolchildren brave cold snap’s icy weather; netizens’ comments

From NetEase and QQ Hit by icy rain and freezing temperatures, regions in China’s southwest, such as Hunan, Guangxi and Guizhou Provinces, have declared a state of emergency. Schools in the worst-hit areas have suspended classes, closed, postponed final exams, or begun the winter vacation earlier than usual. However, because roads leading to schools in [...]

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December 31, 20102 Comments

*Graphic Warning* Chinese bristle with indignation at horrific death of a village petitioner

Qian Yunhui, chief of Zhaiqiao Village, Yueqing City of Zhejiang Province in East China, was a prominent petitioner who had been jailed three times for speaking on behalf of the villagers, whose farmland was seized by local officials without any compensation. On the morning of December 25, upon receiving a mysterious phone call, Qian went [...]

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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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