101 East

China’s Left-Behind Generation

Millions of China’s children are growing up without their parents. We look at the struggles of a generation left behind.

A generation of rural Chinese children is growing up without their parents. They’ve been left behind, and are suffering deeply.

Parents are leaving villages and towns for big city factory jobs, in the hope of a better future. Their kids are left in the care of grandparents or boarding schools, or left to fend for themselves.

A few local governments and NGOs are trying to fill the parental void, but some fear that, without major changes, the children could be lost – destined to a life of struggle with no familial support. 

101 East meets the children China is leaving behind.

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