9 million children living in rural China have been abandoned by their parents, survey finds BY SHANGHAIIST IN NEWS ON NOV 14, 2016 3:25 PM Earlier last month we covered a touching tale about Liu Minghui and his younger sister making thousands of wontons a day at their grandparents' stall. The two siblings had been abandoned by their parents in Jiangxi province, a common occurrence in rural China: In China, Liu and his sister are one among many millions of liushou ertong (留守儿童), literally translated into "left behind children." They are the kids that have been left in the care of grandparents or no one at all, while their parents go to the cities to find jobs in order to support them. It's an impossible choice that millions of parents have been forced to make. While it has accelerated China's drive toward the future, it has also left millions of kids behind -- with mental health problems and thousands of wontons to make.Last week, China's Ministry of Civil Affairs released a survey of the number of left-behind children in rural China, providing a more detailed portrait of the amount of children living like Liu scattered throughout rural China in various levels of care. According to the survey, a total of 9.02 million Chinese children under the age of 16 were not under the direct care of their parents. Of those 9.02 million, 360,000 were not under the direct care of anyone at all. Read more: 9 million children living in rural China have been abandoned by their parents, survey finds: Shanghaiist This is a pretty good article. Let's hope the new government can make some changes. There are far to many 'left' behind children in China.