For the Mid-Autumn Festival, cartoonist zwxrl illustrates a story he likes to tell his friends. In a distant land, an old woman waits for her son to return from war victorious, but doubts she’ll ever see him again. She has no idea what will come knocking at her door.
CDT has broken the full cartoon into panels for ease of reading in English. View the original format at CDT Chinese.
From the moment I sent my son to the battlefield… I had no hope that he would ever return…
Lives a heartbroken old granny…
It is unclear exactly what zwxrl means by “fourth class citizens.” On Baidu Knowledge, one netizen explains that fourth class citizens in China are part of an ethnic hierarchy, though (s)he does not explain further. An anonymous commentary from the overseas news site Boxun says that fourth class citizens have “black hukou,” or illegal household registrations. The hukou system makes it difficult for migrants to legally reside in cities.
Fourth class citizens? So we have to work like dogs and eat poison and get bullied and we can’t complain and we have to give all our money to the state?
No… We’ll get along just like we did before, but sometimes we’ll have to vote in elections… Next month they’ll scrap the hukou system, and then we’ll take our turns getting residency cards…
zwxrl literally writes “blue cards” (青卡), which seems to imply official residential status.
I’ve lived over 80 years, and I’m finally going to see a ballot and a residency card! So, what about first class citizens?
Someday, when the time is right, I’ll find a cartoon to give to all of my “fifty cent” friends.
Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 🙂