A note posted outside a barbershop in Zhuzhou, Hunan province went viral as Chinese netizens empathised with a migrant father’s frustration over missing his daughter’s childhood.
According to the Zhuzhou Evening News, barber Wu Hongwei posted a note on his shop window apologising to his customer’s for his absence. “Money earned at the cost of youth cannot buy youth back,” Wu wrote, adding “she can’t call me dad over the phone.”
Wu’s dilemma is a common one for many migrant worker families, there are over 60 million ‘left behind’ children in China. Economic pressures force parents to move to big cities for work, but the country’s regressive hukou system means they often aren’t able to bring their children with them even if they could afford it.