2012 is a dream year for anyone who covers China news – the predictable, the unthinkable, the fun, the sad, the heart warning and the heart breaking, China gives it all. Offbeat China, after resuming publishing in February, also has a good year of stories that help both its authors and readers make a little bit better sense of China and its people.
About a month ago, 5 boy aged 9 to 13 were found dead after burning charcoal for warmth in a road-side dumpster in the city of Bijie, Guizhou province. One month later, dumpsters in Bijie once again attracted national attention. This time, not because of what’s found inside the dumpsters, but what’s on them.
Two horrible attacks on school children at two elementary schools happened in both China and the US, one with no death, the other with 28 deaths. The only difference is the weapon held by the killer. The coincidence ignited heated discussions among Chinese netizens whether China should allow legal right to carry guns.
Among China’s vast troops of left-behind children, an even more special segment is left-behind foreign children whose parents are oftentimes illegal immigrants who work low-paid jobs on foreign lands. This is a story on the lives of about 10,000 such left-behind American children in Fuzhou, Fujian province.