A female construction worker builds a scaffolding structure out of #bamboo in south #China. The technique has been widely used in #Asia for centuries. In the midst of economic race and urban changes in China, #women are taking the front stage when it comes to #labor work in rural areas where men have been migrating to largest cities for better wages. Urbanization is one of the leading cause to massive #migration in China, taking millions of farmers out of their lands to over populate cities, creating new sets of issues.
Sent on the high hills of the Guangdong province for an assignment to document the bamboo industry, it wasn't hard to notice a #gender imbalance on the workforce. Women play a major role in the development of the local industry, a consequence to massive migration to urban life. Over 200 millions migrants currently live outside of their home, leading into another issue: #education.
Most rural or urban migrant workers cannot benefit from local educational resources due to an ancient government system still practiced today to record household registration. It is called "Hukou" and it is designed to control where people are allowed to live. Interesting enough, and in order to work on my story, my host was a Chinese bamboo exporter who had three children, way above the one child policy. Unregistered children in China are exempt of most legal and educational benefits, since the policy is policed under the same household registration system. Image All Rights Reserved @BebREYNOL - Delta Geographic. #hukou #hukousystem #migration #asia #workers #photojournalism #photography #reportage #documentary #socialchange #onechildpolicy #BebREYNOL #DeltaGeographic