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Muyi Xiao

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Homepage: http://www.chinafile.com/

2018 gave us many opportunities to look back at China’s past—the tenth anniversary of Sichuan earthquake and of the Beijing Olympics, the 40th year since the country began its policy of Reform and Opening. This year also brought changes that thrust the familiar, very suddenly, into history––the only greyhound racing stadium in Asia was shut down, ending its five-decades long operation; the peer-to-peer lending industrycollapsedunder regulation after years of...

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“When I look back at 2017 in China, I see faces,” ChinaFile Visuals Editor Muyi Xiao says. “Some are ambitious, some are earnest, some are upset, some are lost, and some wear expressions I can’t put in words; their fates are intertwined with that of their nation, often beyond their control. I wanted to show these faces, and to thank the photographers who did much more than just shoot...

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Li Mingjin, a 38-year-old coal miner, worked hard and was the sole breadwinner for his family. For 19 years, he toiled deep in the belly of the earth beneath Shanxi province. But in November 2014, by the time he was diagnosed with lung cancer, he was too sick to continue working. His wife, Ning Xianfang, was left to care for him and their two daughters, six-year-old Siyao and...

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In certain parts of Yunnan province, in China’s southwest, marriage of boys and girls as young as 13 years old is a common phenomenon, practiced without taboo despite the nation’s rule requiring women to be 20 and men 22 before they marry. Photographer Muyi Xiao traveled to villages where early marriage is commonplace to explore the lives of these young couples and the challenges they face.

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