Portraits of China: A Collection of Stories From China's Past

By That's Beijing, February 15, 2019

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In our ‘Portraits of China’ series, part of our February 2019 cover story, we look back at China's not-so-distant past.

For the past eight months, British photographer Cameron Hack has traveled across the country, listening to the extraordinary stories of China’s living past. Today, the ambitious explorer has collected almost 100 interviews spanning various subjects. His project, dubbed Humans of China, was inspired by the trending photoblog Humans of New York that went viral after its launch in 2010. 

We’ve compiled a small collection of his fascinating interviews ranging from the few remaining women to practice the ancient custom of foot-binding to members of the unique Dai minority group of Yunnan province, as well as survivors of the Second Sino-Japanese War. 

Click through each of the posts below to find stories of China's past:

'Meet 4 of the Last Ladies in China with Bound Feet'
'Meet 3 Tattooed, Black-Toothed Members of the Dai Minority'
'2 Chinese Survivors of Japanese War Crimes Tell Their Stories'


Follow the Humans of China project on WeChat (CJHphotography) or Instagram (@officialhumansofchina). 

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