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Empty chairs
15 September 2011



Women, children and the senior form the major demographic structure of today’s rural villages. They are nicknamed “Unit 386199,” in which “38” stands for March 3 the International Women’s Day and alludes to women, “61,” the International Children’s Day, represents women, and “99” is the ninth day of the ninth month in Chinese lunar calendar and is observed as a festival for senior citizens. According to a study by China Agriculture University, currently 87 million people are left behind in rural areas, which include 20 million children, 20 million senior citizens and 47 million wives of migrant workers.

(via Photos: Empty chairs become the pain of rural China, especially on Mid-Autumn Day | Ministry of Tofu)