The China Digital Times points at research by sociologist Tricia Wang, in an article about the problems surrounding childcare for migrant workers. By lack of alternatives, internet cafe’s have become an unlikely replacement for schools and other childcare.
Internet cafes are a huge phenomenon across China. They have a somewhat unsavory reputation as a place to play games or watch porn, but internet cafes serve as a second home or cheap child-care for some Chinese.
This an older slideshare that I somehow missed, but an amazing look into the lives of many Chinese netizens.
- Tricia Wang hits mainstream websites with sleeping internet users (chinaspeakersbureau.info)
- Rating the internet cafe’s – Tricia Wang (chinaherald.net)
- Living as a migrant worker “Are we too dirty?” – Tricia Wang (chinaspeakersbureau.info)
- Most-sought speakers August 2011 (chinaspeakersbureau.info)