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A man with an eye for a story

In the city of Guiyang in a remote province of China, the Australian traveller is befriended by the Little Gentleman.

He is 10 years old, wears a patched grey suit, speaks fluent English and carries himself like an adult.

  • Jane Sullivan
  • The Age

The Little Gentleman guides the traveller through the streets to the apartment where he lives with his grandparents.

The family offers him food and hospitality, and the grandmother tells her story.

She was a teacher, but the Cultural Revolution cut short her career.

Her students beat her, made her wear a placard branding her a counter-revolutionary and forced her to crawl like a…

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