Picture Story: Beijing’s Basement Dwellers

May 30, 2012

By David Walker

© Sim Chi Yin/VII Photo Mentor Program

Jiang Ying, 24, and her girlfriend share this basement room in Beijing. To see more images from the series, click on the Photo Gallery link below.

A social consequence of China’s rapid economic growth is a mass migration of young people from the provinces to Beijing, Shanghai and other commercial centers. The working and living conditions of those migrants have been the subject of much media coverage. But photographer Sim Chi Yin’s portraits of migrants crammed into makeshift quarters in the basements and air-raid shelters of...

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