Empty chairs: the pain of rural China’s Moon Festival

This collection of “family portraits” gives a visual representation to the pain rural Chinese families feel during the Moon (Mid-Autumn) Festival, which was today, and traditionally a time for families to celebrate together. Due to the unique nature of urbanization in China, the majority of rural families are split between countryside and city, and spend the Moon Festival apart. Usually it’s the old people and small children who are left behind.

“In an effort to bootstrap themselves out of poverty, many peasants have to embark on an arduous adventure alone in the cities and leave their families behind in the villages.”
[Link: Empty chairs become the pain of rural China, especially on Mid-Autumn Day]