Dear Readers,

I proudly present you here a series of profile stories written by my students — sophomores and juniors learning journalism at Shantou Univeristy, China.

You will find the series rich and lively, ranging from profiles of an artist, a dentist, a tailor, a cleaner, to a stone sculptor, a restaurant owner, and a pig raiser, as well as people whose life usually remains unknown to the public in China, such as a lesbian and a leprosy patient.

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Life is hard, but better than the past
Life is hard, but better than the past

It was the Christmas Eve in 2010, Xuyin Wu was absorbed in a play about the birth of Jesus at a church in Shantou,...more

Struggling to Rebuild Taoist Charity
Struggling to Rebuild Taoist Charity

76-year-old Dechang Deng has been trying to carry out a wish for nearly three decades. He wanted to rebuild a Taoist...more

Play Guqin, Talk to Heart
Play Guqin, Talk to Heart

While Deng Weiqiang was playing Crouching Dragon Song, fondling a guqin with his eyes closed, sunlight shined on his...more

School Teacher Becomes Celebrity with Online Video
School Teacher Becomes Celebrity with Online Video

Lin Jia, a middle school teacher, suddenly became a household name in Shantou after his made-by-cell-phone video...more

A Student-Turned Entrepreneur
A Student-Turned Entrepreneur

A student-turned entrepreneur, Shi Yan-gen, at Shantou University. On the second day of 2011, Shi Yan-gen was on his...more

Seek Better Life through Recycling Waste
Seek Better Life through Recycling Waste

On a warm afternoon of January, 50-year-old Zichang Liu and his wife were busy pouring water into a big basin to raise...more

84-Year-Old Brings Music to Village Children
84-Year-Old Brings Music to Village Children

Li Xuewen played erhu, a traditional Chinese musical instrument. With a hand slickly pressing the strings and the...more

Hold On to His “Nail House”
Hold On to His “Nail House”

A dilapidated hut stood starkly in front of a row of brand-new apartment buildings on Zhongshan road, with its fate...more

Stand on His Hands
Stand on His Hands

Liu (center) and his colleague did massage for their customers. With his eyes blind and hands wrinkled, Zhihong Liu...more

Changing with Times, Shaping His Life Path
Changing with Times, Shaping His Life Path

Bustling with traffic and pedestrians, Little Park, an older district of Shantou, was busy as usual on a recent winter...more

The Man Who Leads Shantou’s Acrobatics Troupe
The Man Who Leads Shantou’s Acrobatics Troupe

Ma Xiaohui, leader of Shantou Acrobatics Troupe, rode a bike carrying nine of his teammates at Zhongshan Park. In shiny...more

A Remaining Wooden Barrel Craftsman
A Remaining Wooden Barrel Craftsman

Some wooden barrels were piled up in the front, and the sound of wood-planing came out from an old shop on Zhen ping...more

Lonely Shoemaker Wishes Daughters Enter College
Lonely Shoemaker Wishes Daughters Enter College

With a pile of worn shoes by his feet, Lu Kongque sat at a corner, put some poker cards onto a table...more

Create Art out of Rice
Create Art out of Rice

Fairy figurines, marinated geese, frolic goldfish were placed on a table in Huang Jinqi’s workshop. They were all...more

Their New Year Wish is Paying Off Debt
Their New Year Wish is Paying Off Debt

No storefront, but only a handcart, two gas cylinders, eight wooden tables and some plastic chairs. That’s all...more

Keeping Faith Against Odds

In a white robe with a pink collar, dressing herself like an angel, Luhua Fu sang hymns in the choir of a local church...more