Chinese man who’s lived down a manhole in Beijing for the past 10 years said dignity was a luxury

Alia | December 10th, 2013 - 6:10 am

Several elderly impoverished migrant workers have been found to live in heating sewers at the heart of Beijing for decades. “Dignity isn’t for everyone.” One of the “manhole dwellers” said.

From cities to farms: Is agriculture the next boom for China?

Alia | July 31st, 2013 - 5:12 am

A new troop of Chinese young adults are retreating from the hectic urban life in China to seek their chances in the countryside – they believe that farming and its related industries will offer better prospects than an official job in cubicles.

China’s post-90s migrant workers: Rural identity but urban heart

Alia | July 7th, 2013 - 9:38 pm

China’s younger generations of migrant workers know nothing about rural life and want nothing to do with it. Their dream is to one day conquer the cities.

1 Mao humiliation: Migrant workers’ overdue wage paid in 1.1 million 1 mao (ten-cent value) notes

Alia | February 9th, 2013 - 6:37 am
Simulation of what happened by TVS

On Jan, 29, team head Mr. Li and his fellow migrant workers went back to Wande Hardware in the city Huizhou for a whole year of unpaid wage. Not only were they asked to count 110,000 out of a pile of 1 mao RMB notes, they were also terribly beaten.

Migrant workers in Beijing dressed in cartoon costumes to protest unpaid wages

Alia | February 1st, 2013 - 11:59 pm

On Jan 31, 5 migrant workers in Beijing, who dressed as anger birds, Garfield, Donald Duck, and the Chinese God of Wealth, protested outside the headquarter of China National Radio and asked their “blood-sweat” money to be paid.

[Names updated] The little match boys: Tragedy in modern China

Alia | November 19th, 2012 - 11:26 pm

On the morning of Nov. 16, 5 little boys aged from 8 to 13 were found dead in a roadside trash bin in the city of Bijie, Guizhou after burning charcoal for warmth. Investigations said the boys were died of carbon monoxide poisoning – the night before was 6 °C (42 °F). So far, no one knows whether they are homeless or kids running away from home.

Press conference by China’s Ministry of Migrant Worker Affairs: We want our salaries!

Alia | October 9th, 2012 - 9:40 pm

A short clip titled “Press conference of migrant workers demanding salaries” went viral online. With a setting that resembled a regular press conference by China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, two migrant workers incorporated high-frequency words and sentences routinely used by official Chinese spokespersons.