By Wong Chung Shing
Every night, De Xuan, a 23-year-old woman from Hunan province, locks her bicycle after the restaurant closes. As one of the few female delivery workers, she just goes back home instead of having a drink like other male workers.
For the past year, De has worked as a small part of the emerging group in Guangzhou. Unlike other delivery workers who are hired by dedicated takeaway platforms, she works for a separate restaurant named Yujian Noodles, which located near the west gate of Jinan University.
De said most of the takeaway orders are from school. “I love riding in school because there are few cars, and I don’t need to go upstairs to knock on the doors.”
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By Cheng Xiaorong
She was drowning in her fears, but nobody saw her struggles.
“I lay flat on the cold floor in my dorm until it was dawn, stiffly and gravely. Pain overwhelmed me, and I could hardly lift a finger,” Xie Weihang described her seizure.
Xie, 19, a college student at South China Agricultural University, has been diagnosed with depression since 2014.
Depression is a severe psychiatrical disease, accompanied by symptoms that impact the ways people feel, think and behave. People with depression may be trapped into a chronic and depressed mood, sleeplessness, fatigue, lack of appetite, or mysterious cramps.
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By Liang Anlin
Jianhong Li is emphatic about her attitude. “I’m really ambivalent about it,” she says repeatedly in an interview.
By “it” she means sending her daughter to extracurricular tutoring, commonly called “cram school,” because of its intensive nature. When asked why, she says, “It costs a fortune, and my child has to give up her spare time.”
Parents, however, have little choice. If they want their children to have good academic performance and eventually enter a good college after the gaokao, sending their kids to cram schools seems like a must.
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