Toi­let-dwelling mother wins praise

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

A 59-year-old woman has won praise for her hard life in which she lived in a va­cant toi­let cu­bi­cle with her hus­band for 10 years and held down four jobs so she could af­ford to send her two sons to study at top uni­ver­si­ties.

In 2006, mi­grant worker Wang Xi­umei started liv­ing in the 100-square-foot cu­bi­cle in Wuhan, Hubei prov­ince, with her hus­band, who was too ill to work. Her jobs in­cluded clean­ing a karaoke bar and a univer­sity, sell­ing milk on the streets and work­ing at a res­tau­rant. Wang, who is orig­i­nally from a ru­ral area, said she of­ten had only three to four hours of sleep a night. Now she is just clean­ing the bar and the univer­sity.

Her sons are in post­grad­u­ate stud­ies at uni­ver­si­ties in Bei­jing and are ex­pected to fin­ish their cour­ses next year.

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