Day 211: Naptime

Catching a nap during a brutally hot (Heat Index 109 F / 43C) afternoon

Catching a nap during a brutally hot (Heat Index 109 F / 43C) afternoon

After a visit to the chiropractor I like to walk around the People’s Park area of Shanghai even on days when the temperature and humidity combine to smother most signs of life. Climbing a staircase I stumbled upon what appeared to be an encampment of homeless, young men napping, washing in a bucket, drying clothes on a fence and burning a foul, toxic smelling fire in a tree ring (the odor of burning plastic, complete with black smoke). Homelessness is not visible in Shanghai, like it is in Seattle, or NYC, but in a city of 24 million it obviously exists. A recent article in the Shanghai Daily said that there are 5.5 million migrants living in the city without proper, legal paperwork (think undocumented migrant) thus denying them schooling, medical care and legal employment.

One thought on “Day 211: Naptime

  1. Fascinating, I feel, would be the wrong word to describe this scene possibly related to homelessness/migrants. It’s indeed interesting though because, like you said, in Shanghai and where we are, it is “not visible.”

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