Brushstrokes: Married Young

A boy looking in a room through a creaked door. There, a girl is breastfeeding a baby.

This post was originally posted in the China File

In the Chinese province of Yunnan, ‘early marriage’ is a common phenomenon. Dearth of employment opportunities compels parents to marry off their children before leaving for work in bigger cities. The cultural trend favours early marriage, so there is no social stigma attached to it. Leaving school in class 5 to get married to your beau, video-calling your four-year-old son because you live in a city far away, yearning to leave home but not being able to…

Photographer Muyi Xiao portrays some of these couples: some on the verge of parenthood, some with little children of their own.

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