By: Savannah Smith | 02-08-2018 | News
Photo credit: South China Morning Post

Chinese 12-Year-Old Sells Own Hair to Buy Smartphone

A 12-year-old Chinese girl living with her grandparents in rural northwestern China had long, flowing hair reaching her hips. Her hair proved to be not only her “crowning glory” but an “asset” that she can sell to fulfill her dream of buying a phone to talk to her migrant worker-mother more often.

The girl by the name of He Jingling was terribly unhappy with the fact that she can only be with her mother once a year. He was also envious of her friend who owns a smartphone and can make video calls with his mother, who’s also working outside their remote place, as often as he wanted to. So the pre-teen girl decided to sell her hair for $48 to purchase a smartphone with a free video calls capacity, so she can talk and “see” her mother more often.

Her mother left their village in Shaanxi province to work elsewhere after divorcing the father, and could only afford a yearly visit, usually during each Lunar Year.

He said: “Mommy is far away. She doesn’t have much money to spend on phone calls, so we can’t speak too long on the phone.” She also liked what she saw her friend doing, taking photos with his mother and saving them on the phone. In contrast, the only photos she had of herself and her mother together were when she was a baby.

The girl's grandparents only earn a meager income by raising chickens and operating a medical herb farm on a few acres on a steep mountain slope.

Chinese President Xi Jinping may have vowed to eradicate rural poverty by 2020, but the sad reality remains that many people in rural China still have to leave their children in the care of grandparents to search for better work elsewhere.

A Unicef report published in October says that 68 million children have been “left behind” by parents working in other cities. Another 2013 study, by Beijing Normal University and China Development Research Foundation, found that about 40 million or 16.7 percent of children in China were living in “relative poverty.”


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Anonymous No. 17842 2018-02-08 : 08:24

This is pretty normal to be honest, I'd say she was pretty smart. She is too young to work so she found an honest way to earn some money. Good for her!

Anonymous No. 17854 2018-02-08 : 10:49

Anonymous No. 17842 - I agree a Smart Honest Girl.

Her hair will grow back and she will still have a smartphone.

Anonymous No. 17855 2018-02-08 : 10:50

But this says a lot about China, too- projecting themselves as the leadinfg, global economic power and they have young girls selling their hair huh?!

Anonymous No. 17881 2018-02-08 : 15:41

Hair is sold in many countries.

In the US included. Where do you people think those phony wigs and weaves extensions come from.

Related Question of the Day:

What group of people are most responsible for stealing/Shoplifting human hair in stores.?

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