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Guangzhou Photographer Reveals the Lonely Face of Foreigners in China

Posted: 10/10/2014 3:42 pm

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To some, foreigners are magical. They are beyond the rules and context of Chinese culture, making them a subject of fascination in China.

One Guangzhou native named Hai Bin has decided to document the daily comings and goings of foreigners in this set of photographs. All shots are taken in public places, and it’s anyone’s guess as to whether he got permission to take these snaps.

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Hai’s voyeurism has made him sympathetic to the plight of the foreigner, drawing up an unflattering comparison to make a conclusion that isn’t without irony:

(These foreigners) have left their native home to come here to Guangzhou, just the same as the migrants who come here to work. They get just as lonely.

Here are more of Hai’s photographs:

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Photos: Nandu

h/t: @MissXQ


Official in Guangdong who tried to ‘borrow’ orphans fired following online uproar

Posted: 01/15/2013 4:53 pm

Ordinary citizens as well as monks were left to take care of the abandoned children.

The officials who asked to ‘borrow’ orphans from a monastery ahead of an inspection from provincial authorities have been punished, according to Sina English.

The officials were desperate to convince provincial authorities that they had been fulfilling an obligation to provide a government funded orphanage, but a video of them asking monks to let them ‘borrow’ some abandoned children was leaked online. The controversy this has caused has left higher-ups with no choice but to fire people.

A local welfare house, established in 1995, was found to have been used as a makeshift office of other civil affairs departments, leaving up to 115 orphans with nowhere to go.

Now some justice has been meted out.

The director general of the district civil affairs bureau which administrates the empty-shell welfare house was removed from office for “borrowing” orphans from the locality to muddle through the inspection from the superior. The office director of the civil affairs bureau was suspended from duty for further investigation.

It was an online whistleblower who brought the case to the public’s attention, and the evidence of the authenticity of his claims is overwhelming.

However, no report stated what would be done with the misused building. From its original charitable intention, the building has been used for everything from funeral and interment services, marriage registry and even workers’ dormitories.

Will a change of personnel really prevent something similar from happening again?

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