One day in the fall of 2013, I listen to two co-workers talking. One is a guy from Northeast China who’s 24, the other one is a woman in her mid-30s who has a 3-year-old child. She tells us how hard it is to find a place in a kindergarten in Shenzhen. The guy says:
“I went to kindergarten for 7 years.”
She: “7 years?”
He: “Yes, no one really cares about how long you attend kindergarten where I’m from. Also, my parents knew some people who work at kindergartens, so they took me on and I just stayed there during the day. But I did change kindergarten almost every half to every year. I think I attended every single kindergarten in my hometown.”
She: “What do your parents do?”
He: “They own a small restaurant. When I was little, they had just opened it – there was a lot of work and no time to look after me. There was no one in my family who could look after me, so they put me in kindergarten when I was really little.”
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