All of my students were so excited to go home for New Years and it was very cool staying in Dengguan and seeing the town packed with young people who had come home to visit their grandparents who live permanently in the town. I have heard so much about the small town phenomenon in China where the older children move away for school and the parents move away for work, leaving the grandparents behind, but I hadn’t really realized that Dengguan was one of those towns. The streets were filled with happy families over the New Year.

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