Apple stops selling iPhone 4S in China, scalpers refuse full commission of migrant workers waited in line overnight

| January 15th, 2012
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From Sina:

On January 13, Apple releases iPhone 4S for sale in China. As soon as the news broke out, scalpers restlessly began their preparation of this big event.  According to media reports, one week before the iPhone 4S official release date, there were already people recruiting with iPhone 4S marketing flyers at several job markets in Daxing, Changping and Fengtai etc. cities, the goal was to hire people to wait in line in front the Apple stores for the big [...]Read more…

What is inside Spring Festival passengers’ bags?

| January 12th, 2012
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From our last post about going home for the Spring Festival, it seems that a lot of our readers are curious as for why these long distance home-goers are carrying so many bags despite all the difficulties during the journey. A reporter asked 4 passengers to open their bags to reveal the treasure inside.

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Online booking makes going home even harder, a migrant worker’s complaint

| January 5th, 2012
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Speaking of Spring Festival, family reunion, friends gathering, firework, fire-crackers, lucky money, big feast, brand new clothes, new year scrolls etc will pop up into people’s mind. For Chinese people, Spring Festival is the time after a whole year’s hard work, you get to take a considerably long break to go home and rest; it is the time when you can share your harvest of the year to your family and/or show off to your hometown fellows; it is the [...]Read more…

Street children, there is no place worse than home

| January 2nd, 2012
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(From Sohu.com) For most people, there is no place like home. However, in street children rescue and protection centers, there are a considerably large number of children who choose to leave home and try everything they can to stay out. Preventing children from running away becomes an unwritten duty for staffs in the children’s aid centers. Why don’t they want to go home? Poverty, disease, incomplete family, migrant working parents, illegitimate birth or outside-of-state-plan birth, domestic violence etc. push these [...]Read more…

70 percent of Shanghai street blood donors are migrant workers

| October 3rd, 2011
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From Netease:

According to the “Labor Daily” report, yesterday marks the 13th year of China’s “Blood Donation Law”. From totally depending on organization blood donation quota to voluntary blood donation on the street, residents of Shanghai have come a long way in these 13 years.

However, the recent report on street blood donors released by the health department caused endless disputes: 70% of the street blood donors are migrant workers, local white-collars and intellectuals rarely participated in these events. “Shanghainese people use [...]Read more…

1.96 million couples were divorced in China last year

| February 8th, 2011
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From Netease:

Every year when the long Spring Festival break is over, many people also turn the last page of their marriages. According to statistics from Ministry of Civil Affairs, in 2010, 1.961 million couples were divorced in China. Among them, the most couples were from Sichuan Province, 169,294 couples signed the divorce paper.

According to statistics, in 2010, 1.20 million couples got married, but 1.961 million couples were divorced. In this rate, last year on average 5,300 couples were divorced in [...]Read more…

Afraid to go home for the New Year

| February 1st, 2011
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Chunyun, (春运; Chūnyùn), also referred to as Spring Festival travel season, or Chunyun period, is a period of travel in China with extremely high traffic load around the time of the Chinese New Year.

“Afraid to go home for the New Year”, a song written by He Puxian a drifter singer from Hubei became popular on the Internet recently. In Late January 2011, He Puxian was moved by a family of three walked 266 kilometers home for the Spring Festival (Chinese [...]Read more…

Beijing vagabond, do you wish your parents to visit you?

| August 31st, 2010
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Beipiao: 北漂, Literally “Beijing vagabond”, referring to the group of people who do not have a Beijing hukou (permanent residence), who migrated to Beijing from other places of China seeking opportunities and better life. Beipiao is also a life style of being a drifter in Beijing.

(MOP) My mother came, stood at the exit of the Beijing train station, waving at me. I took her bag, my father followed in silence. I took them to eat Peking duck, my mother [...]Read more…

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

| March 16th, 2010
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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…

The same “Money Counting Show”

| February 10th, 2010
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From IFeng:

First let’s take a look these three front page headlines of the “Qingdao Morning Newspaper” around the same time this year, last year and the year before last year. Three photos, their content, characters and even the background are extremely similar. That’s right, other than the different looks of the four migrant workers, the rest of the pictures are the same! These are not photo-shopped pictures, they are better than the photo-shopped pictures – newspaper like this one is [...]Read more…

Migrant workers surround boss’s BMW for unpaid wages

| January 30th, 2010
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From Sina: Zhengzhou Evening News:

8 migrant workers “kidnap” the boss’s car

Not paying salaries? Then don’t think about leaving. On January 25, construction migrant workers in Zhengzhou surrounded the project leader’s BMW, not letting him to leave. However the project leader called for another car and forcibly left the scene. For this matter, the director of debt settlement office of the City Construction Commission Zhang Shunhai said, the City Construction Commission starting from today suspended this construction company [...]Read more…

A college graduate drifter’s confession letter to his peasant worker father

| January 9th, 2010
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These days, a post titled “A college graduate drifter’s confession letter to his peasant worker father” on MOP triggered heated discussions. Poster named “I am a little cat” (我是小猫猫一个) just graduated from college almost for a year. His monthly salary is one thousand yuan (=150 USD) which is less than his peasant worker father’s, so he had been lying to his family about his life… Many netizens related to him and said “You are not lonely”; “Whether you have money [...]Read more…

Legless teacher, I am proud of you

| December 24th, 2009
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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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A construction migrant worker’s notes

| November 29th, 2009
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[From MOP] A young migrant worker updates a post of his raw, yet I found to be truthful and insightful notes while working at a construction site of soon to be multi-million luxury homes in Sanya, Hainan.

I never speak out. I am a “diving” migrant worker.

(潜水: Diving means lurking here, it is a Chinese internet slang, means someone who reads forum posts but never replies, never expresses their views. It is like underwater diving, never pop their heads [...]Read more…