tv Asia Insight PBS June 8, 2016 6:30pm-7:01pm PDT
they have come in search of wealth, but many leave their children behind at home with their aging grandparents or in some cases alone. this june, four such young siblings committed suicides by consuming pesticides, believed to be caused by loneliness and im positivishment, the tragic news shocked the nation. roughly 61 million minors reportedly live apart from one or both of their parents in china today. half of that figure live without either of their parents at home. such children become especially unstable during the summer school break when their sense of isolation is at its most desperate.
one elderly volunteer checks on children left behind. he's devoted to ensuring their emotional well being, making sure they receive proper schooling. at the root of the problem is the economic gap between people in urban and rural areas. another factor is the focus on materialism and obtaining wealth. we follow the growing concerns in china for the children left at home to fend for themselves.
jiefang, sichuan province, quiet and nestled among hills. radish farming is the primary source of income. these days, however, surviving on farming alone is difficult so almost half of the residents have left to work in metropolitan areas. only the elderly and children remain. at present, while their parents are away, 74 children in the village with their grandparents. one man has been watching over these youngsters more than ten years. 67-year-old shuchu tsi makes frequent visits to the children's home, particularly in july and august when they are
won jao chin lives with his grandparents. his parents left the village soon after he was born and only come home once a year. his grandfather is a big breeder and works all day from sun up to sun down. he says he wants the best life possible for his grandson. chow chin is an old child. he often spends the summers playing alone in his room. his parents and grandparents
chaoquin's friends are 12 and 10-year-old as i understand siblings. their parents also work in the city. he quickly assembles the toy. it's something he's become used to. his friends are fascinated by their toy. chaoquin is surprised to see that his friend's mother has returned today. she's decided to stay to take care of her children and aging parents while her husband continues working away.
watching his friends with their mother, chaoquin's mood suddenly changes. only seconds ago, they were all happily checking out his new toy. but now, without so much as a good-bye, chaoquin is on his way home. chaoquin has been living with his grandparents ever since he could remember. materially, he wants for nothing. but he only gets to see his
>> many of the children left at home feel an extreme loneliness and are emotionally unstable, even if they don't seem so at first. aside from empathy, however, there is another reason for his concern for these children. many of their parents are students. when he was a teacher at the village elementary school.
the next visit is a home across the river. an elderly couple greet him. they live with their 9-year-old granddaughter. he parents work in a coastal city around 9,100 kilometers away. they were able to build a new house last year for a cost of $50,000 u.s., equivalent to a lifetime of savings for local
>> huiping's room is across from the living room. for long periods, there is often no one around to watch her and make sure she's behaving. during the summer months, her grandparents spend a lot of time away from the house. they work the fields, as it's rice harvesting season. they tend to a 6,000 square meter rice patti with most working age adults in the city. the elderly are left to farm the
he visited five homes today. he says he sometimes feels helpless as the children's emotional suffering isn't really considered by the parents. sanjian is a neighboring town to jiafeng. at 8:00 a.m. every weekend, children from all over the district make their way toward a building in town. called the center for left behind children, it's a place dedicated to youngsters whose
parents are away. shu began volunteering at the facility in 2006 after he retired from teaching. the center, funded by the local government and private sector donations, offers artwo worksho and classes to assist kids with school work. shu tries to ensure the children have as much fun as possible, especially during the summer when they don't have school to keep them occupied.
chaoqian gets straight into the assignment. his drawing shows his parents returning home with big smiles on their faces. shu says the pictures reveal the children's hiding feelings and emotions that are bottled up inside. huiping doesn't even know her mother's name and feels distant from her parents. even so, she puts her mother in her picture.
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