Recently, Zhu Shu-mei, a 76-year-old grandmother from Zhejiang has become something of an internet celebrity after students at the local university basketball courts, where Zhu has been a regular feature for 20-years, posted her story online.
Zhu, despite her cheery countenance, hasn’t had an easy life. She divorced her husband when she was 53 after they’d had three children. Though her two sons have left home, Zhu has to care for her daughter, who is mentally disabled. Zhu struggles to get by on the meagre pension provided by the local government.