‘It’s my turn to take care of her!’ Touching story of how a Chinese teenager brings her grandma with her to university – so she can look after her
A strong-willed university student has melted the hearts of thousands after she brought her ill grandma to live with her so that she could take care of her.
Liu Lin, a student in south-west China’s Chengdu city, has been taking care of her frail 93-year-old grandmother since April, according to People’s Daily Online.
She is her grandmother’s sole caretaker as her father has passed away and her mother is too ill to look after the pensioner.
Liu, who studies Economics and Tourism Management at Chengdu University, decided to take her grandmother from their hometown Neijiang to her tiny rented room.
Liu and her grandmother live in a rented room 10 minutes away from the campus.
Their tiny home has two beds, one wardrobe, one coffee table and one table. The rent is £70 per month.
Liu’s younger brother, who works in Chengdu, comes to visit the pair every month. He gives them most of his £233 monthly salary to cover their daily expenses.
Her stories have touched her university, which offered Liu a scholarship.
However, Liu refused.
‘It doesn’t feel right to accept someone’s money for no reason.’
BLUEBELLE, BRITAIN, United Kingdom, 2 hours ago
Love: the true meaning of life, embrace and cherish ur loved ones and find joy in the simple things in life
nice2bnice, Warwickshire, United Kingdom, 4 hours ago
My grandma sadly passed away at the age of 97. My main priority was to look after her just as she looked after me. Sometimes the bond between grandparents and grandkids is greater than anything.
Jackm, london, United Kingdom, 4 hours ago
Caring for your elders is something that should be a natural choice and an obligation of gratitude. It only seems to escape western culture.
Jules, SoCal, United States, 5 hours ago
Great, but why turn down a free scholarship? She is too proud too accept but is ok accepting that her brother works and pays for it all?
Tuxedocat, Spalding, 5 hours ago
How true. I didn’t think of that. Very unfair on her brother to turn it down, I agree. I guess that’s family dynamics in China for you.