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Why the children in rural China are often called the Forgotten children?

Why the children in rural China are often called the Forgotten children?


Children trying to sell fossils to tourists. Himu, Nyalam, Shigatse, Tibet, China
LBM1948 – Own work

Children in rural China are often referred to as the “Forgotten children” because they face numerous challenges and are often overlooked by policymakers and the broader society. These challenges stem from a range of factors, including economic, social, and political conditions.

One of the primary challenges faced by rural children in China is access to education. While the Chinese government has made significant efforts to improve access to education, many rural areas still lack adequate resources and funding for schools. As a result, children in rural areas often receive a lower quality education than their urban counterparts, which can limit their future opportunities.

Children running in a wheat field in Datong CountyQinghai.
Kelly Dombroski – Own work
Children running in wheat-field, near Datong, Qinghai, China

Another challenge faced by rural children in China is healthcare. Many rural areas lack basic medical facilities and trained medical professionals, which can make it difficult for children to access necessary medical care. This can lead to preventable illnesses and even death.

In addition to these challenges, rural children in China also face social and cultural barriers. Many rural communities in China are isolated and traditional, with strict gender roles and limited opportunities for social mobility. This can make it difficult for children, particularly girls, to break out of the cycle of poverty and discrimination.

Furthermore, rural children in China are often left behind as the country continues to urbanize and modernize. The Chinese government has made significant investments in urban areas, such as building high-speed rail networks and advanced infrastructure. However, these investments have not always extended to rural areas, where many people still live in poverty and lack basic services.

In conclusion, children in rural China are often called the “Forgotten children” because they face numerous challenges, including limited access to education and healthcare, social and cultural barriers, and a lack of investment in rural areas. It is essential for policymakers and society as a whole to address these challenges and provide greater support to rural communities to ensure that all children have the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential.

The left-Behind Children in Mountainous Area of China

Three years ago, I went to the mountainous area of China to teach the mountain people, and I saw some left-behind children whose parents were not around since they were young and alone, left on their own.

The idea of children, young probably at the age of 12 years and below, makes me more concerned about their well-being and health. In my project, I chose the option of the photo journal with a specific topic of “The left-behind children .”The topic of Left-behind children relates to the archival novel in various ways, such as the topic is concerned about the health and well-being of children.

My topic also relates to the archival novel as it enlightens the parents and caregivers about proper parenting and caring for children. The left-behind children as a topic are crucial to my audience. It lets them understand why it is not a good idea to leave children alone; it exposes them to an unsafe environment, negatively impacting their health and mental well-being. 

The message of my project is about how parents can take proper care of their children in the mountainous area of China. Parents, who are the sole providers of their family, need to work hard and ensure that their children are well provided for their basic needs and any other luxury goods, but this should not be a reason to leave children alone. As parents leave to do their daily chores, they need to know the safety of the children they leave behind. My audience, parents and caregivers in the mountainous area of China, expect the audience to respond positively because it is a general requirement for children to ensure their safety and well-being. 

My project has a larger social family and parenting norms needed to care for the children left behind by their parents. Children are a pivot point of the social family, and in which every parent desires to see their children healthy and prosperous.

The mountainous regions of China have given me the roots as a teacher, and when I saw these left-behind children, I had to take action to ensure their safety even when I left the area. I am a keen political observer, and seeing those left-behind children in the mountainous area of China, in the cold and without proper dressing, ignited a political conversation about whether we need to enforce child protection laws.

My journal of “Left-Behind Children” contributes to the social and political conversations in areas meant to protect the family, children, and their well-being in terms of proper food provision, clothes to protect them from the extreme cold, and also proper nutritious food to feed on. The topic is important to these conventions; social and political conventions in such a way that it enlightens the parents in the mountainous area of China by encouraging them to take proper care of their children, and if they fail, they can be compelled to take care of their children through inaction and implementation of laws.  

My audience to address in this project is parents and caregivers, guardians, or any other person with a child/children.

The audience’s age expected to become of legal age, 14 years and above. However, brothers and sisters and perhaps young parents below this age bracket still can become welcomed in the audience provided they care for children. Moreover, speaking to these audiences, I intend to shed more light on them on how to take care of their children and incorporate with their daily routines of looking for survival. The audience may already know that they leave behind their children alone in the mountainous area of China because perhaps they need to work to provide for the family. 

Even though children may be left alone at one point, what the audience wants to know is that they can still manage to take proper care of their children even when they go to work.

The mountainous area of China has a low temperature and thick vegetation, which exposes the children left behind alone. Parents and guardians need to know that children can be taken to a caregiver in their absence, who can look after them and protect them when they are not around.

My passion for the protection of children wherever I go is the reason why I care a lot about these left-behind children in the mountainous areas of China. In terms of social convention and cultural context, children ensure the continuity of the community. Thus children need to be taken proper care of, not just being exposed to a harsh environment.

Children at a younger age of below 12 years can barely reason on their own, which makes them vulnerable to oppressors through child abuse, molestation, and even getting lost while meandering in the mountains area. Parents and guardians care about these things since they are obligated to ensure that their children remain safe and healthy even in their absence.

As a rhetor, I have been a resident of the mountainous area of China for about three years while teaching, and I think more people need to explore.

Through exploration of this area, the left-behind children can be fully taken care of in terms of food, protection, and clothing in cases where some parents cannot provide. The genre models I am interested in are the journals with a sub-genre of photo journals because the journals help me to narrate an experience properly with vivid descriptions. Another genre model that I am interested in is realistic narration because it helps narrate the actual occurrences of the events in real-time and how I can respond to such situations. The first rhetorical technique from the model text that I am thinking of imitating in my project is an allusion, which refers to a place such as the mountainous area of China. The second rhetoric technique is amplification which is the repetition of certain words such as ‘Left-behind children for emphasis.

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Why the children in rural China are often called the Forgotten children?

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