The “McRefugees” of China
“If you don’t have money, you can barely sleep.”
China’s homeless have begun turning one of the most recognizable beacons of global American corporatism for a bit of shut-eye: McDonald’s. With more than a thousand of the restaurants in mainland China open 24 hours a day, it has become a haven for the homeless in a country that severely restricts shelter residency. The New York Times profiles a few of those who make the nightly trek to the golden arches.
“China’s Homeless Find Shelter Under McDonald’s Golden Arches” (The New York Times)
“1,400 homeless sleeping on Hong Kong’s streets, double government estimates” (South China Morning Post)
“Down and Out in China” (Radio Free Asia)
(Image Credit: Lam Yik Fei/The New York Times)