Scavengers/Récupérateurs

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english translation:
"May I take your can big boy?"
"No Grand'ma, I haven't finished yet."

It's kinda disturbing to see in Hong Kong, old people digging trashes.
They are not beggars, they are scavengers. You can meet them, pushing their carriages on HK's roads (there's only a few streets in HK)

Many of them scavenge old cardboards to resell them at kilo's price (by pouring water onto the paper, in order to increase the weight)

In a large modern city like HK, it is strange to witness this "organized poverty". But like there is no retirement for seniors, they give themselves a dignity by seeking the financial value of the recyclable elements to sell on or use. Men as women, sometimes they are older than my grandparents. They are still part of the society, still useful.

I can understand the logic of the thing, but that puts badly at ease, when ME, at the age of 30, I grant them hardly a glance in the street.

One day, I saw rolling towards me an enormous carriage without anyone behind it.
"What the fuck is that?"

There was a very small, old, scrubby woman behind.
"So what shall I do, help her or not?"

But no, they don't like being helped. Even when they go down a 20 degree steep slope with their carriage, if they are helped they take that as of kind of pity due to their age.

"So, finish your beer now?"
"Yes grandma. Here."

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13 responses to “Scavengers/Récupérateurs

  1. pfelelep

    Ne prenons pas cette histoire pour de la pitié compatissante. Ce sont Waiyim et beaucoup de hongkongais qui m'ont encouragé à parler de ce "phénomène". Je ne suis pas en train de dénoncer en montant sur mes grands chevaux (comme il est très à la mode de le faire avec la Chine en ce moment). Alors les trolls genre "Ah ouais, moi aussi, j'ai vu un r'portage, les chinois, ben 'y sont pas cool les chinois"), je n'hésiterai pas une seconde à les effacer. :troll:

  2. sugarwinx

    Right you are.Chinese people from the older days (days of my Grandparents and their parents and their parent's parents and so on) have a lot of this thing called PRIDE.I know this not because I am from the older days (:doh:) but because I see it in the lives of my Grandparents… :)It is them (my Grandparents) who taught me that "as long as there is life in this body and I am able, I shall not succumb to other's pity". One more extreme thing is that I learnt from them too is "I'd rather starve and die than beg". :)That's the insight of a Chinese mind for you… 😉

  3. auré

    Bravo !C'est du grand Pfelelep! bien construite cette planche je trouve.La ptite vieille, elle pourrait etre dans un épisode des simpsons 😆 !:up:

  4. Ulie_Juggins

    Your cartoons are very funny to look at!! :lol:Expecially the one with the Ton Pere! (French President) :)i reckon you should make a comic book!! :)ulie 🙂

  5. anonymous

    Anonymous writes:je pensais que les grand parents vivaient chez leurs enfants et qu'ils étaient logés , nourris…coco

  6. anonymous

    fabien writes:Ah ouais, moi aussi, j'ai vu un r'portage, les chinois, ben 'y sont pas cool les chinois.pis y mangent des bébés.(sinon c'est vrai que ta planche est bien foutue, level up ! clap clap)

  7. pfelelep

    je savais que je m'exposais à l'effet "connard de gosse".merci, vous ne m'avez pas déçus.(level up, hehé… C'est parce que j'ai mangé un champignon rouge!)

  8. Pif

    Ouais, les chinois, ils nous obligent à être "compététifs", ils vont nous envahir, et pis les polonais aussi,et pis…Bref.Nice one.

  9. anonymous

    Anonymous writes:mais non,!… c'était très intéressant de connaitre cet aspect de la vie chinoise; tu as bien fait de nous la montrercoco

  10. lorietsson

    En Suède, ce sont les enfants qui ramassent les canettes de bière de leur aînés portés sur la bouteille (et fidèle à leur réputation, de la bouteille ils en ont ..). Une belle initiative avant de rentrer dans le monde du travail : endosse les conneries de ton boss et tu te fera un paquet de thunes !

  11. ALLY_G

    The way how you can draw the all days life is very amazing and interesting. :eyes:Great post!

  12. michael_aka_emilien

    I like your comic style, it's pretty cool and ironic sometimes.

  13. anonymous

    Ritoyenne writes:Impressionnant, ça doit faire bizare de voir ça de ses yeux propres !www.paris4philo.org

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