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Feature - Rat Tribe
Sim Chi Yin
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...

Sim Chi Yin 2014

CHINA. Beijing. Nov. 15, 2015.
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Sim Chi Yin 2011

CHINA. Beijing. May. 9, 2011.
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CHINA. Beijing. 2014.
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CHINA. Beijing. 2014.
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CHINA. Beijing. 2014.
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CHINA. Beijing. 2014.
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CHINA. Beijing. 2014.
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Sim Chi Yin 2010

CHINA. Beijing. 2010. From "The Rat Tribe", 2010 -2015.
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Sim Chi Yin 2011

CHINA. Beijing. May. 9, 2011.
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CHINA. Beijing. Jan. 15, 2011.
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CHINA. Beijing. Jan. 15, 2011.
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CHINA. Beijing. Mar. 10, 2011.
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CHINA. Beijing. Feb. 28, 2011.
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CHINA. Beijing. May. 14, 2011.
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CHINA. Beijing. May. 14, 2011.
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CHINA. Beijing. Aug. 24, 2011.
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CHINA. Beijing. Aug. 24, 2011.
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CHINA. Beijing. Aug. 24, 2011.
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Sim Chi Yin 2012

CHINA. Beijing. Apr. 20, 2012.
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CHINA. Beijing. Apr. 20, 2012.
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Sim Chi Yin 2012

CHINA. Beijing. Apr. 21, 2012.
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