friendly farmer in Heilongjiang province has become a Chinese internet sensation of late after sharing short videos from his daily life in North China. But it’s his appearance rather than the content of these videos that has really set him apart.
Dong Desheng, aka Peter Petrov, is one of just 15,000 ethnic Russians living in China. Russian is one of the smallest of China’s 55 recognized ethnic minority groups.
For four generations, Dong’s family has lived in China after his great grandparents crossed the frozen Amur River in 1926. His great grandmother ended up divorcing her husband and marrying a Han Chinese man, adopting the surnamed Dong.
Now, despite his appearance, the 44-year-old doesn’t know a word of Russian but instead rocks a thick Dongbei accent when he speaks Mandarin.
Back in 2017, Dong started sharing short videos of his life on the Kuaishou app, a platform that many villagers in rural China have used to rise to internet fame and fortune. He now has more than 1.42 million followers.
Dong’s jolly character shines through in his broadcasts, where the farmer shares the joys of hatching chickens, enjoying dinners with friends, and watching the flowers bloom. His followers note that “Uncle Peter” really seems to be loving life.