Chance en­counter with des­tiny

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Xiong has a sim­i­lar tale to tell. The sec­ond son of poor farm­ers, he dropped out of school when he was nine to work on a farm to sup­ple­ment the fam­ily in­come. But he re­fused to be­lieve he would grow up to be farmer. Af­ter do­ing odd jobs in his vil­lage, he drifted into Kun­ming, the gate­way city to south­ern China, seven years ago, de­ter­mined to change his life for the bet­ter.

“I used to [get into scraps] a lot when I was younger, and in 2006 one of my cousins

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