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harsh realities~ Qibao

a life she drifted into~
a life she drifted into~
a rough start at life~
a rough start at life~

In Qibao, and old area of Shanghai, is a neighborhood(if you can call it that) of green lanes. Confronting realities wait there behind each door and in front of some where young women prepare to sell themselves for a living. As much as this practice is as old as civilization itself, it remains heartbreaking to witness people’s daughters going through this to survive. And most painful of all was seeing a little girl forced to grow up in that strange world of green lanes.

 

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Day Two Hundred Thirteen, August 23, 2011

no nonsense

Have you ever been looked at in a way that made you stop in your tracks and be forced to re-evaluate and to re-consider certain importances? Some stares can do just that to me. They can force me into a state of depth and non-superficiality because they just carry that power within them. This lady has worked all her life and still works at this late age physically harder than I ever had to. She cleans the streets of Shanghai at a stage of her life when she ought to be traveling the world and relaxing in spas in most people’s standards. Yet she drives on, she struggles and she fights to survive. And just like that, in a single stare, she makes my daily worries seem so petty and insignificant and gives me a not so gentle nudge into the more serious side of life. I am thankful to her and to people like her that are an indispensable support for our communities.