The following was originally published in the Shenzhen Daily. I have added a little more information for clarity and an analysis to the end. DOZENS of expats in Shenzhen have been swindled out of tens of thousands of yuan in a United Airlines fraud case allegedly perpetuated by a well-known Shenzhen international student, an investigation by the Shenzhen Daily has discovered. “My mother was stranded in Rome,” said one victim named Rose. “We had to pay thousands of dollars to get her back home to the United States.” People interviewed for this article asked not to be identified by their …
The following was originally published by the Shenzhen Daily.  Two weekends ago, I spent a couple of days helping a friend look for an apartment. She is a young professional whose company relocated from Shanghai to Shenzhen. However, our excitement over her move quickly gave way to despair after looking at over a dozen apartments over two days. Everything less than 7,000 yuan (US$1,097.6) was falling apart and located too far from any metro stations. She finally found a very small, one-bedroom apartment for 6,000 yuan. When I moved to the city two years ago, we had a comfortable two-bedroom …
An 11-year-old girl is taking the Luohu District Public Security Subbureau of Shenzhen to court for the second time in her fight for her hukou registration. In China, every citizen has to have a hukou, or residency permit, in order to avail themselves of social services such as schooling and medical care. But millions of children in China have been denied a hukou because they are second or third children. China currently has at least 13 million unregistered children. The young lady in the article, identified only as Rui, is fighting for her right to a hukou. Not having a hukou …
I visited the Shenzhen Museum yesterday morning. I’ll write more about that later when I can get to my camera, but in the afternoon I went to a poetry workshop with the Shenzhen Writers Circle. For some reason, when I was told to just start writing, I wrote about this…   A Dead Antelope at the Museum A velvety face soft and fawn brown eyes large and wet White bones sharp and splintered futility protecting delicate entrails from the beaks as they rip and tear Tourists quickly passing by ignoring her plight dying for all eternity It’s educational.
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