Daughter Finds Mother After 100,000 Microblog Posts
AWAY FROM HER family, this 71-year-old Chinese woman has been shining shoes
for passersby in a southern Chinese city for the past 20 years.
Although living a modest life, one recent wish of hers has brought her to be
the focus of a microblog post that has more than 113,000 reposts.
While on the streets of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, Zhong
Shufang—in between shining shoes—would keep an eye on anyone holding an iPad,
asking if it could access the Internet.
Yet all passersby ignored her, until she met He Jian, a local university
It turned out that the elderly Chinese woman wanted her faraway daughter to
see her on the Internet after five years apart. Yet she has never been on the
Internet all her life.
After listening to her story, He took a picture of her and posted the photo,
along with a message, last Friday night on Sina Weibo, the Chinese
equivalent of Twitter:
An elderly lady who shines shoes and collects garbage for a living … wishes
to send a photo of herself to her daughter, who had said she wanted to see her.
Her daughter said that the Internet allows photo sharing, yet the elderly lady
has no idea how to access the Internet and also does not have her daughter’s
phone number. I feel quite bad that I cannot do much to help.
He was wrong. He did exactly the right thing to help the elderly woman.
Once the microblog post got out, more than 100,000 netizens reposted it in
just three days. Even Chinese celebrities joined the effort.
Well-known Chinese actress Qin Hailu reposted the photo
I believe that her daughter will eventually see this if we keep on
And a miracle happened.
More than 1,000 miles away in Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province, Zhong’s
daughter, Zhou Qunhua, took her son to an Internet cafe on Monday night. While
surfing the Internet, Zhou saw a familiar face—her mother.
In tears, Zhou grabbed the phone and called her mother, according to Changjiang Times:
Mother, you have become thinner…
But at that moment, nothing else mattered to Zhong, because her daughter had
found her—and that mattered more than the world to her.