A 92-year-old Russian-Chinese woman's China connection
92-year-old Nina stands in the doorway outside of her house in Zibo, East China's Shandong province, Jan 3, 2017. [Photo/IC]
At the age of seven, Nina moved to China from Russia with her parents. Her Chinese father met her Russian mother when he went on a business trip to Russia.
At the age of 17, Nina married Liu Chunshu, who was 20 years older. The couple led a normal and happy life, and adopted a son before she gave birth to a daughter. Her husband gave Nina a Chinese name, Liu Molan (which literally means ink and orchid) and helped her get a
local hukou (household registration).
But for Nina, life was hard. Two years after getting married, she lost her parents and elder brother during a war.
Liu Chunshu died 15 years later and Nina still likes to scavange, an activity that she believes is a good way to exercise. Nina is in good health and has outlived her children. Now 92, she lives alone in Zibo, East China's Shandong province and receives a subsidy from the local government.
When questioning whether she wants to return to her home country, she shook her head. "Though I am not living an affluent life, I am quite content with my life in China," she said.