Young Children “Left Behind”

Leave behind something/someone (Phrasal verb with leave verb)

To go away and not take something or someone with you:

The flood victims were forced to leave behind family photos and mementos.
We left him behind to continue to help out.
He left behind a wife and six-year-old twin boys (= He died but they are still living).

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Chinese ‘left-behind’ boy’s message to parents touches many online

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11 jun. 2021

A “left-behind” 12-year-old boy in northern China’s Hebei province sent a video message to his parents who were working in a city, telling them not to tire themselves out and visit him more often. The video has gone viral on the country’s social media and touched many online.

1 Left Behind: Young Children on Their Own in China

17 jan. 2014

In some of China’s poorest regions, millions of adults have fled their villages in search of work, leaving behind young children who must fend for themselves. WSJ’s Andrew Browne reports. Photo: Gilles Sabriè

2 The Young Generation Left Behind In China | Foreign Correspondent

7 sep. 2016

More than 60 million Chinese children are growing up without their parents, paying the price of their country’s dash to prosperity.
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3 What happens to the children left behind by China’s industrial boom?

17 apr. 2018

Chinese New Year isn’t just a holiday – it’s the largest annual human migration on Earth. We follow two workers as they travel across the country to their home town, the only time all year they’ll see their children.
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4 Nine million ‘left-behind children’ become a social issue in China

28 nov. 2016

One of the most pressing social issues in China is the plight of so-called “left-behind children,” whose parents have migrated to cities for work, leaving them in the care of elderly relatives, or in some cases, no one at all. CCTV’s Tao Yuan has the story.

5 Extreme poverty in China: A family portrait of the “Ice Boy”


16 feb. 2018

An SCMP reporter went to visit the famous “Ice Boy” in a mountain village in Yunnan province China. They talked to the child and his father to try and understand the tough situation they are facing.

6 China’s ‘ice boy’ gets new home, but family still struggles to make ends meet

In première gegaan op 22 apr. 2019

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*And sadly Ice Boy’s life didn’t necessarily get easier after he became famous:… 
Wang Fuman became famous when a photo showing the Chinese boy with frozen hair went viral on Chinese social media in 2018. His family could not afford to buy him a hat to cover his head on his daily hour-long trek to school. Stories about the “ice boy” touched the hearts of people around the world, and many sent donations to help Wang and his family. A year after first meeting him, South China Morning Post video producer Tom Wang caught up with the “ice boy” and found out that while the young student and his family have a new home, they still struggle to make ends meet.

7 Life improves for China’s ‘ice boy’ as he makes some new friends from the US

19 sep. 2020

Wang Fuman, who in 2018 became known as China’s “ice boy”, has seen a steady improvement in the quality of life for himself and his family. Not only do they have a new home and are raising livestock, but Fuman and his sister have also formed a long-distance friendship with children in the US. The families are now using mobile phones for regular language exchange chats.

8 Why Are Millions of Chinese Kids Parenting Themselves?


22 feb. 2018

Generations of Wang Ying’s family farmed the misty mountains of Liangshan, one of China’s poorest regions. But now, the 14-year-old girl lives on her own as the sole caretaker of her two younger siblings. They are among an estimated 9 million “left-behind children” raising themselves in the Chinese countryside. “Down from the Cold Mountain” was directed by Max Duncan. It is part of The Atlantic Selects, an online showcase of short documentaries from independent creators, curated by The Atlantic.

9 – China’s left-behind children – BBC News

Imagine a country where it’s normal for children to grow up a long way from their parents. That’s what’s happening right now in China, where 61 million children live apart from their mums and dads. Newsround has this special report on why it happens. We meet one boy to find out what it’s like to be one of these “left-behind” children.
1 dec. 2016
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

10 – A ‘left-behind’ boy’s teary reunion with his father

9 sep. 2019

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A schoolboy from central China’s Hubei province is one of the country’s “left-behind” children. His parents work in Lhasa, tens of hours away by car. At the boy’s first ever basketball match, he finally had the chance to see his father again.


11 Extreme poverty in China: Only 3 kids left in a shrinking Chinese village

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19 apr. 2018

A mountainous farming region in one of China’s poorest provinces feels the drain as young parents migrate to the cities, and those left behind struggle.

12 Hopeless: A Chinese girl’s journey from left-behind child to migrant worker

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In première gegaan op 17 dec. 2018

#SCMPFilm: Perhaps no story better represents the vicious cycle of poverty in rural China than that of 16-year-old Chen Zhenzhen. Chen gave up her education at the age of 12, after her family could no longer afford her school fees, and became a migrant worker to help support her younger siblings. Realising that without an education, Chen says she has no way out of a future bound to doing manual labour. 
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13 China’s Left Behind Children in Hunan

12 aug. 2014

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Directed & Produced by: Pamela Tan, Jacinth Tan, Ng Qinching Executive Producer: Joseph Lim
Music: “Border Blaster” & “Pompeii” by Josh Woodward – 
“I Lift My Eyes To The Hills” by Word of Grace Chinese School

14 No child left behind: rural education status of China

5 mrt. 2018

It’s a documentary style feature about a village primary school with just one teacher and two students. It describes the ordinary life of the three, comparing with another larger school in town. The program will also look into the reason for the present rural education system and status of China. Rediscovering China is a weekly show on CGTN that offers a unique insight into an aspect of life in China today. With its unrivaled access to the country’s people and places, Rediscovering China brings you in-depth reports on the major issues facing China at a time of rapid change.

15 Diaries of left-behind children

19 jun. 2013

China’s rapid urbanization has resulted in over 260 million migrantworkers as of 2012, many of whom have to leave their home to work faraway. As a result, there are now over 60 million children being left at home alone, many of whom have to shoulder the burden of their elderly relatives, and work to support their younger siblings. In today’s program, we find out how these children really feel about their lives and how they see their futures, by revealing extracts from their diaries.

16 Paralysed in poverty: A family’s struggle

5 feb. 2019

A car crash meant he went from someone who could lift 100kg to self-described “useless man” who couldn’t even hold chopsticks. Still, this Chinese man soldiers on.

17 “Left-behind” girl shoulders family burden

22 jan. 2013

Over the years, an increasing number of people living in China’s rural areas have left their homes to seek higher-paid jobs in the big cities. This has resulted in the socially pressing issue of China’s “left-behind” children. In today’s China View, we meet one left-behind child and learn more about her daily struggles, as well as her hopes for the Chinese New Year.

18 Chinese Children Are Being Abandoned By Their Parents

7 okt. 2016

Generation Left Behind (2016): In parts of central China, not far from the birthplace of modern China’s founding father Mao Zedong, 80 per cent of children are growing up without their parents. Mothers and fathers leave rural villages and towns for the big city factory jobs that have helped make China an economic powerhouse. Some return briefly; some never do. So children are farmed out to grandparents or boarding schools or left to fend mostly for themselves.

19 The Left behind Children–Yuchen Du

25 nov. 2014

In China, there are 60 million children have been left behind by their parents in rural areas. These children usually live with relatives or by themselves and growing under poor conditions. In this film, we followed a left-behind child, Jincui, to see her daily life. Jincui, her grandma and Jincui’s teacher will tell an ordinary left-behind child’s story. Professor will inform audiences what problems may be caused by lacking parents. This film will provide audiences space to consider what the future of these children will be.
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20 Meet Zhu, one of China’s left-behind children

25 jul. 2015

Like millions of Chinese migrant workers, 13-year-old Zhu Chengyu’s mother left their hometown to seek work in a southeast coastal city five years ago, and his father died at the same year. At that moment, Zhu became a “left-behind child”, which is the Chinese term to describe children left behind in rural areas under the care of relatives after their parents emigrate to the city in search of better work.

21 Secret Asia: The Dying Rooms (One-Child Policy Documentary) | Real Stories

12 dec. 2020

Documentary about a crew going from one orphanage to another in China to investigate these so called “dying rooms” where the orphanage workers leave baby girls to die.
Producers/directors Brian Woods and Kate Blewett uncover the systematic neglect of abandoned babies in Chinese state-run orphanages. They find “dark rooms” where the weakest and least liked children are left to die. These are known as “The Dying Rooms.” China’s one-child policy has created a race where most families desire boys and therefore parents are forced to abandon their babies. Their unfortunate and tragic lives are left at the mercy of these orphanages where their sad fate is ultimately decided by the staff and ignored by the government.
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22 Sex Change Shirt Prank

12 mei 2011

Young man shows up at clothing sale to try on a magic turtle neck shirt – when he gets his head through the sweater, he suddenly becomes a hot blonde girl! Unfortunately, the sexy blonde disappears again when the shirt comes off.
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