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Chinese-American Children Left Behind in China

Categories: East Asia, China, U.S.A., Education, Ethnicity & Race, Migration & Immigration

Left-behind children is a term to describe a special group of children who are left in rural areas while their parents work as migrant workers in big cities in China. However, in Fujian province in Southern China, there are about 10,000 left-behind foreign children whose parents are illegal immigrants to other countries (primarily the US) with low-paid jobs. The children are sent back to China when they are only a few months old because their parents cannot afford to raise them in the foreign countries. OffBeat China [1] picked up the story from Chinese media [2][zh] with lots of pictures.