Urbanizing China – Stories From En Ning, Guangzhou

Bingjie Huang, a Cantonese opera actor. He began to learn Cantonese opera when he was young. Bingjie hopes that his grandson could inherit his cause.

 

Photographers & Co-Producers  Wenjun Chen and Yanmei Jiang are the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributors of this photography essay.  From project & book ‘En Ning‘.  To see other projects from Wenjun and Yanmei  click on any image.

 

Rong’an Guo, a barber. He began to learn haircut at 15. He said he just wanted to be a barber for a lifetime.

Rong’an Guo, a barber. He began to learn to cut hair at the age of 15. He wants to be a barber for a lifetime.

 

Shixiong Liang, a barefoot doctor. He began to learn traditional Chinese medicine from his father when he was young. He said he felt bad when there were many patients, and would work until finished. He only ate porridge usually.

Shixiong Liang, a barefoot doctor. He began to learn traditional Chinese medicine from his father when he was young. He said he felt bad when there were many patients, and would work until finished. He usually only ate porridge.

 

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En Ning neighborhood is one of the historic neighborhoods in Guangzhou, China. However, it could not escape from the process of urbanization. The reconstruction plan began in 2006, and constantly changing till now. We were more concerned about the people who were still living there. We talked to them and tried to understand their living conditions and the ways of life, to experience their souls.

 

En Ning neighborhood, Guangzhou, China. 2010. Zhaobai Ye, a Cantonese opera actor. He began to learn Cantonese opera at 6. He said, from his grandfather's grandfather, his family had already acted in Cantonese opera. He made great efforts to retain and develop Cantonese opera.

Zhaobai Ye, a Cantonese opera actor. He began to learn Cantonese opera at the age of 6. From his grandfather’s grandfather, his family had acted in Cantonese opera.  Zhaobai has made great efforts to retain and develop Cantonese opera.

 

Xinxin Huang, a student, the old books store owner’s daughter. She said she did not like the old books and wanted to be a painter.

Xinxin Huang, a student, the old book store owner’s daughter.  Xinxin does not like the old books, she wants to be a painter.

 

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Mr. Huang, retired. He liked to make wood furniture in leisure time.

Mr. Huang is retired and likes to make wood furniture in leisure time.

 

Mr. & Mrs. Chen, retired. They worked in Eagle Coin canned food factory and Wu Yang bicycle factory before. They were happy in their simple life.

Mr. & Mrs. Chen, retired. They worked in Eagle Coin canned food factory and Wu Yang bicycle factory. They were happy in their simple life.

 

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Mrs. Wen, a witch. She learned this from her mother when she was young. She had two sons, unemployed.

Mrs. Wen, a witch. She learned from her mother when she was young. Mrs. Wen has two sons who are unemployed.

 

Mr. Huang, an old books store owner. He said the development of the city was too fast, old books made him feel calm.

Mr. Huang, an old books store owner. He said the development of the city was too fast, old books made him feel calm.

 

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Shaowei Su, a copper craftsman. He began making copper at 19. He said he loved copper and were always making coppers for a whole day. His work made him feel happy.

Shaowei Su, a copper craftsman. He began making copper at the age of 19. Shaowei loves to work with copper the entire day, he feels happy.

 

Yingmin Su, he inherited his father's copper products shop. He did not know how to make copper products, but was good at marketing. His shop was running well.

Yingmin Su, he inherited his father’s copper products shop. He does not know how to make copper products, but was good at marketing.

 

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Images taken between 2010 & 2011.

 

See also:

Me & Me

By Co-Producers

Wenjun Chen & Yanmei Jiang

 


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