She goes to school, tends to the family rice farm and waits for her father’s periodic visits home. “I miss my dad a lot,” says the teen, dressed in jeans and a lime-colored hooded sweatshirt.
As China’s cities continue to develop, the government expects the migrant-worker population — and the numbers of left-behind children — will rise. The State Council Research Office reported in April that the 200 million people in nation’s rural migrant-labor force make an average of about $60 to $100 a month. Many of these workers were just getting by on subsistence farming before leaving. [Full Text, subscribers only]
– Also LA Times’ Orphans of the Chinese Economy