Sunday, 21. December 2014
13. 06. 14. - 16:00
In Europe parents support their children by giving them a ride to school or turning up to watch the school nativity play. In China, parents often sacrifice even more for their offspring.
Here a couple are seen carrying stones weighing 100 lbs a piece up and down ladders at a construction site in order to pay the basic tuition fees for their two children.
Success for children in modern day China has become an all-consuming quest of parents who fear their offspring will be left behind unless they achieve the best grades in all subjects.
Some parents work three jobs and do not take a holiday for decades. And others, like this couple in Dazhou City in Sichuan Province, literally work themselves into early graves so their children won't have to.
The couple has been working there 10 years in order to send their two children to school. Father Zhou Kun, 60, said: "We do everything for our children. They are the best things in our lives and we want the best for them in their lives. So we work hard.
"I do not complain. I believe it is our duty to give them a chance," his wife Deng Youbi, 54, said: "Sometimes the pain is very great but I try to blot it out of my mind. We do everything for our kids and do not begrudge them anything. It is our choice."
They have one girl who is a freshman in a university and a son who is preparing to take his national college entrance exams, the grade of which will determine whether or not he gets into a top university. According to dad Kun, their tuition fees equal tens of thousands of Chinese Yuan per year - a huge amount.
But he added: "No matter how hard it is, we will insist on carrying sandstone until our kids graduate from university."
After the couple’s pictures were seen online, many people were moved by their love for their children.
But others thought their daughter should get a part time job to alleviate their burden just a little bit, something both parents reject.
"They need to save their effort for study," said Deng Youbi.
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