Primary school students study with a coffin in classroom for years

| September 18th, 2011

From Netease:

A set of photos showed a class of primary school students studying in a classroom with a coffin in the front has shocked Chinese netizens and sparked heated discussion. Two years ago, a primary school in a small village in Shaanxi province was certified as a "dilapidated house". With no funding to build up a new school, the school rented a room from residence as the classroom. Since then, the students have been studying with the coffin.

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Journalists threatened during farmland issue investigation, police refuse to help

| May 19th, 2011

From Xinhua News:

Local farmers hold banners to require government to give back their farmland

Three Xinhua News Agency journalists were threatened during an investigation of farmland transfer issue in a place in Hebei Province just 40 km away from Beijing three days ago. To their surprise, the local police turned down their request when asked for protection.

The journalists came to Xianghe County in Hebei province to investigate the farmland transfer issue which was reported by the local villagers. Upon their arrival, […]Read more…

Vegetable price plummets, farmer hangs himself in desperation

| April 28th, 2011

Han hanged himself, leaving behind his wife and young daughters

In the time when the prices of everything are sky-rocketing up in China, the recent plummeting price of vegetable seems rather abnormal and it is destructive to many vegetable farmers, most of whom are the low income population. A farmer from Shan Dong province hanged himself in desperation, leaving behind his wife and two young daughters.

Han Jin, the 39 year-old farmer, was an introvert and an honest, hard working person. […]Read more…

19 children go to school in decrepit building, use coffin as seats

| April 24th, 2011

From Netease | translated by Jue | Edited by Key

Jialun Teaching Point of Jiutian Primary School in Duan County (Yao autonomous county) lies in the deep mountains. It takes at least 4 hours to go out there and return. There used to be a well equipped primary school before March, 2007, but the school building was torn down because it was dilapidated and the new school was not finished yet. Therefore, Jiutian Primary School has to rent a “classroom” with […]Read more…

Extraordinary love story, village of 119 wet nurses in rural China

| March 27th, 2011

From: QQ

It’s an quiet ordinary rural Chinese village where people still live in "cave houses", small dwellings built into the side of hills and mountains. But the women in this small village has been doing something extraordinary for more than half a century and it’s not until few days ago that it finally come to the attention of the whole country.

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Do not encourage rural children to go to college

| March 19th, 2011

From Sina | translated by Ivan | edited by Key

On Mar 7, Wang Ping, member of the national committee of CPPCC, director of Chinese National Museum in Beijing, stated that children from rural areas should not be encouraged to enter university, because once they go to university, they would never go back to their hometown, which would be a tragedy. In her opinion, supporting a child to go to university will cause poverty for a family , and because the […]Read more…

Woman with Master’s degree From Beijing University becomes house painter

| March 4th, 2011

From Sina | Translated by Ivan | Edited by Key

SU Lijie, 39-year-old woman with her master’s degree from Beijing University, ended up working as a house painter back in her hometown. She said that her life is steady, and her soul relaxed.

Born in Nanyang, Henan Province, during her stay in Beijing after graduating from Beijing University in 2005, SU Lijie once taught in universities and also worked in companies. At that time, she tried to integrate into the metropolitan life […]Read more…

The Sorrow of "Artificial Limbs Village"

| March 2nd, 2011

From QQ | Translated by Roy | Edited by CC

Of 87 villagers who stepped on landmines, there were only 78 legs in total – each one has less than 1 leg on average. Sharenzhai, was famous for the story of “87 people, 78 legs.” Now there are only 4 people left, for the other 83 died of disease one after another.

Wang Yimi from Tianpenglaizhen Funingxian Wenshanzhou,Yunnan Province, became disabled from working in the mines at the border of China and […]Read more…

Village elder shoos away nude photography model, “don’t make a spectacle of yourself here”

| June 15th, 2010

From Netease:

Elegance and vulgarity has always been sworn enemies of each other in popular culture over the years. Guo Degang once said, drinking coffee is elegant and eating garlic is vulgar; nude photography is elegant and couple telling dirty jokes is vulgar… Now, in a scenic spot of Xinmi, Henan Province, elegance and vulgarity crashes again.

Planed to dedicate herself to the art, the nude photography model never thought she was going to get shooed away by tree branches. On […]Read more…

Kneeling culture resurges in China

| May 21st, 2010

From Tianya: by Li Nuoyan (李诺言)

Chinese people like to kneel, this was well-known in the 19th century. After the 21st century New Culture Movement, the dignity-trampling kneeling culture disappeared, however after last month thousands kneeling incident in Liaoning Zhuanghe, kneeling to the government phenomenon happened in Guangdong Huazhou again. It’s just it wasn’t as spectacular as last time’s thousands kneeling, only dozens of people this time. As if the repeat kneeling phenomenon became an alternative fashion, are these people’s knees […]Read more…

Sexual repression of the stay at home women in China’s rural areas

| March 16th, 2010

From dbw:

留守妇女 [liúshǒufùnǚ]:  noun. wives who stay at home in rural areas while their husbands are away in urban areas for long periods of time

Not long ago, Dr. Zhang Hongyan encountered an embarrassing moment at the hospital emergency room: a woman dressed in rags was sent to the hospital with her lower body attached to her pet dog’s genital. When the medical staff pushed the bed into the operating room, the female patient’s face was colorless. No need […]Read more…

How come girls from the countryside are more open about sex?

| February 20th, 2010

This short article (from Tianya) was written by a student from the countryside. It has no statistics, nor is it necessarily anthropological, but it is an honest testimony from personal experience, which in my opinion, is sometimes more valuable than quasi-objective statistical conclusions.

It starts out:

I, myself, am a person from the countryside。 I’m not writing this to be discriminatory, I just hope it leads to reflection, and maybe to finding the source of the problem.

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Legless teacher, I am proud of you

| December 24th, 2009

 

From MOP:

Life is a process, a process from birth to death. Everyone has their own attitude towards life. While some people are enjoying their healthy bodies and taking them for granted, some other people are living a difficult life because of their physical disabilities. In Xiaoyangba community Yichang town, Hubei Province, there is a “teacher” with severe physical disabilities. A childhood medical malpractice injured his sciatic nerve, so he forever could not stand up.

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Chinese farmers are “growing houses” instead of growing food

| December 18th, 2009

What is this picture about? Why is this poor woman being blocked out by hundreds of Chengguan (City Urban Administrative and Law Enforcements)? [Netease] On December 17, Wuhan City organized over 800 law enforcement officers to forcefully demolish nearly 40,000 square meters of illegal buildings that are near the Wuhan City to Huangshi City railway construction site. The phenomenon of local famers rushing to “grow houses” is very common.

What does “growing houses” mean?

It is yet another unique phenomenon in China, […]Read more…