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Letter from Beijing: Prejudice against out-of-towners

Widespread discrimination against outsiders "is the saddest thing about us Chinese"

By Helen Gao   June 2014

A protest against the treatment of China’s Uighurs outside the White House

Last week, when I returned to my parents’ apartment after a trip to the US, I noticed the door of the neighboring apartment, usually kept slightly open, was shut. The muffled chatter that normally drifted from behind the door had turned to silence. “The girls had to leave,” Dad explained. “The families upstairs and downstairs wrote a joint letter to complain about them.”

Half a year ago, three dozen young women moved into the building, which is in…

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