More from the Underground Rat Tribe of Bejing


Vor ein paar Wochen bloggte ich über die Fotografie von Chi Yin Sim, die den „Rat Tribe“ von Bejing ablichtete: Tausende Menschen, meistens Migranten und unterbezahlte Arbeitskräfte, die sich Wuchermieten in der chinesischen Hauptstadt nicht leisten können und in Kellern und Bunkern unter der Stadt leben. Jetzt hat sie den „Rat Tribe“ für Al Jazeera (US) nochmal besucht.

Every morning, a metamorphosis takes place below the ground of China’s capital. In a world without sun or fresh air, people roll out of bed in windowless rooms, empty bedpans into communal toilets, pay 50 cents for a five-minute shower, ascend concrete stairways to the outside world and transform themselves from residents of the city’s most despised housing to strivers, hungry for a piece of the Chinese dream.

These new Beijingers, who number about 1 million, are known as members of the “rat tribe,” or shuzu, because they make their homes underground in warrens of small, often-dank rooms that are cheaper than almost anything they can find above ground. Most of the units are technically illegal because the government has decreed that basements and former air-raid bunkers shouldn’t be rented out, but like many things in China, they occupy in a gray area. A huge market exists for the basement dwellings — roughly half the price of comparable units above ground — which often causes local officials to turn a blind eye.

Al Jazeera: The Rat Tribe of Beijing – Under the streets, a hidden warren of rooms for the thrifty (via MeFi)

Vorher auf Nerdcore:
Chinas Underground Rat-Tribe