A 24-year-old woman from Tajikistan who married a Sichuan migrant worker has recently become popular on Chinese social media after a photographer documented a day in her life.
Marcona (or марчона) met her husband Wang Xuequan four years ago in Tajikistan. Marcona was working in the kitchen of the construction site where Wang was assigned. As Marcona began to learn Mandarin from Chinese migrant workers, she became close with Wang due to their similar backgrounds and experiences. The couple fell in love and soon decided to tie the knot.
After following Wang to Taiwan, Marcona and Wang eventually relocated to Shanxi province with their son.
Wang goes to work early every day, leaving Marcona and their son in their dorm room. The stay-at-home mom looks after their child and does the household chores.
Marcona told the photographer that she has gotten used to living in the workers’ dorm located on the construction site. She treats it like their family home.
As a young mother, Marcona likes to whip out her phone to snap photos of her son. She documents her life on her WeChat account where she uses Chinese and Tajiki to express herself.
When it comes to parenting, Marcona said she primarily uses Mandarin to educate her child. After all, she says, they are living in China.
During lunch time, Marcona and her son eat at the construction site’s cafeteria. “At first, I was not accustomed to Chinese food, particularly spicy Sichuan food. People in my country eat a lot of bread, but Chinese people live on rice and noodles,” she said. “But I have adapted to it now.”
Sometimes, the mother and son take their lunch back home to eat.
Marcona gets along well with other migrant workers and their family members, all of whom are readily willing to provide help.
Marcona says that she likes to wear this sweater that belongs to her husband as she thinks the red color suits her better.
After spending time in China, Marcona has learned how to cook Chinese cuisine. Occasionally, she prepares Sichuan dishes to entertain her hard-working husband.
Wang can earn 600 to 800 RMB per day as a skilled carpenter. After he returns from work in the evening, Marcona starts to prepare their dinner.
“She cooks it very well and it’s authentically Sichuan!” exclaimed Wang.
As requested by a colleague of Wang’s, Marcona dances to music played on a worker’s smartphone on this night.
“They are all countrymen of my husband. They all leave their homes in Sichuan to work in another city,” said Marcona. “They are also my Chinese relatives.”
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Tencent]
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