Portrait of TANG WEI
Portrait of TANG WEI
Portrait of TANG WEI

HOMELESS SHANGHAI, Portrait of TANG WEI

Lingshi Road, Shanghai, October 2011

TRANSLATION: I was too naughty and didn’t want to go to school. Normally it’s easy to find. Usually build the stage, sometimes go to restaurants to help them, it’s temporary work. Because I’m too young, I didn’t have my ID card. Technical School, I didn’t want to go to. Last year I came to Shanghai for six months, this year for more than one month… Right… My job was paid by hour, 10 RMB for one hour…. Right… Usually I wanted to go home when the festivals came. I went home when it was Spring Festival. Otherwise I didn’t go home. I was hard to be controlled... have jobs… not in Shanghai… For the future I prepare to find a job, a long-term job, in order to support the family… haven’t thought about that… I couldn’t catch up with the courses if I study from now on. So I don’t want to go to school now. I’ve learnt a lot, I’ve learnt cooking at home. When I left home I learnt from an old man about how to repair bicycles. Then I want to learn from my brother-in-law about the lathe in the next year. It’s OK. Now my brother-in-law doesn’t need workers. Besides I have an elder sister and brother.