An Urban Underclass In The Making?

As I spoke with a migrant peasant near Shanghai's Fudan University, I noticed a taxi speeding straight toward us. Pedestrians and cyclists scattered, but the peasant's 1-year-old son suddenly ambled across the street, heading for where his mother sat making a blanket. Tires screeched, and the taxi slid uncontrollably toward him. Snatching up the child, I raced away from the swerving car, which ran over the spot where the toddler had been, finally halting just a foot from me. Heart pounding, I handed the screaming baby to his grateful mother and then scolded the driver.

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