The Chinese Dream

PhotographerXimena Echague
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryBrussels, Belgium
Photo DateNovember 2014
Technical InfoCanon 5D Mark II & Sony RX100
Entry Description

This photo is part of my work in progress named " THE CHINESE DREAM" and was taken in November 2014 in Beijing. It is about newly arrived immigrant in the capital. All revolutions have their unsung heroes, those that make it possible but often remain unknown, even despised. In China, the 250 million migrant workers, moving from west to east, are the pillars of this new revolution. Seeking employment and higher salaries, attracted by the lights and promise of the coastal cities, MIGRANT WORKERS IN CHINA leave behind part of their family, saving to finance their children education, without a resident permit (hukou) and therefore with difficult access to social services, including education and health. Illegal in many ways, but tolerated as the essential workforce. Even the longest journey starts with the first step…

About Photographer

My life journey, from Buenos Aires, where I grew up, to Europe, where I became a photographer, and now spending more and more time in Asia, have clearly influenced the way I look at the world and the condition of people around me. I have always lived in big cities with a sizable floating population, people in the move searching for a new life, which naturally led me to empathize with their hopes and also the struggles they have to face. I am interested in the trajectory that explains the human condition, the internal conflict, and the dynamic, and sometimes sad, story behind who and where we are now.