Why Are Millions of Chinese Kids Parenting Themselves?

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Generations of Wang Ying’s family farmed the misty mountains of Liangshan, one of China’s poorest regions. But now, the 14-year-old girl lives on her own as the sole caretaker of her two younger siblings. They are among an estimated 9 million “left-behind children” raising themselves in the Chinese countryside.

"Down from the Cold Mountain" was directed by Max Duncan. It is part of The Atlantic Selects, an online showcase of short documentaries from independent creators, curated by The Atlantic.

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This made me realize that we take so many thing in life for granted.. it makes me feel ashamed of myself

Author — Mxnch ie xoxo


When the older girl was talking about missing her parents it honestly had me crying

Author — Cora Edwards


I complain every day that i need to wake up at 7 am to go school but when i watched this video it hit me how other children take so long to go school

Author — Mimi A


Dr Phil should send kids here instead of the ranch

Author — Anna Chen


This video should be shown to all scholl-age children in Europe. Altough poor, this people has a certain kind of dignity and beauty to my eyes.

Author — A C


Some over-privileged people commenting down here, belittle the mother for "not speaking nice enough" at the daughter 12:30 ..., I speak from experience growing up in a similar poor farming village far from the cities, every parents here speak quiet harsh by your standard, they discipline us hard (would punish us badly if we miss school for example), but that's because our lives are hard, we suppose to toughen up physically and mentally quicker...

I know the difference between the parents who just plain abusive and those who seems harsh but actually try to give their children a better life, and parents in this video certainly the latter, I mean they could be lazying around on their village farm making just enough to eat day-to-day, but instead they took a job with shitty pay in a cities where they can barely speak the language so they can help saving and getting the better future for the kids.

Not everyone got the luxury to give their kids perfect childhood, it is the effort that counts, next time think a little bit before criticizing struggling people trying their hardest in the most difficult of situations...
Good luck for the family...

Author — Bobby 09


The daughter is so correct...it is better to be together as a family. The kids may get an education but they will suffer from this lack of parenting for the rest of their lives.

Author — Miss TP


Meanwhile i'm sitting at home in my nice warm bed, eating snacks and complaining that my Nintendo switch doesn't have Netflix ☹️ I feel so horrible, I'm never complaining about anything again, it's not worth it when there are kids out there suffering like this.
I know in general people say things like: "oh eat all your food, or be grateful for your clothes, or cherish the things you already have, because there are poor children out there that would love to have these things."
But it's one thing to hear it, and it's another thing to see it with your own eyes :(

Author — GhostGirl 23


I come from a third world country in the Caribbean, my mom comitted suicide when I was 16 and my dad was about as useless as a paper umbrella...
Yet, somehow, I find myself happily married with a wonderful daughter living in London.
I just got lucky.
This video was a bit close to home and made me cry. Children having to look after their siblings and basically forced to grow up way before their time. But at least their parents are trying their best to give them a better life .

Author — Vish Jey


I hope you pay the people you interview for sharing their story and giving their time.

Author — doorframepush


It amazes how these children want to do so well by studying hard and I can't get my children up without constant arguments to go to school. The world is so uneven

Author — lassie Marie


There’s a lot of pain behind their beautiful smiles. They are really hardworking and I hope they grow up to be more even more amazing

Author — Michel xw


Sometimes I forget that there minority groups living in China. I'm just happy that the children can read.

Author — Professor Rosenstock


3:59 I can never understand her pain but it makes me cry when she says *she misses her mom and dad*

Author — Si-Va- m


12:45 "all you do is sit arround all day" damn must be hurt so much

Author — ariq kamil


honestly, they're beautiful kids. I hope they can live better

Author — Guech Heang


That 1st girl is a pretty girl O.O Srsly, her eye proportion and smile and tiny nose. For those who disagrees with me, my definition of beauty differs from yours.

Edited: her mom is pretty too!!

Author — Kerstina Zhao


no matter how poor you are there's nothing like having your mother by your side

Author — Ksnamaste


"All you do is sit around all day"

Felt something in my heart when her mom said that. Look at daughter face and body language. Slowly picking up the pepper..

I was thinking, she's the one whose taking care of siblings and taking care the house. When mom is back in village, at least she get to relax but then she's hear her mom said: "All you do is sit around all day"

gave her some break pls

Author — js dev


"... the more you study, the easier it will get!" aw, a very helpful statement for when final exams are coming up

Author — ThatGreenDayFreak