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Daughter Finally Sees Mother’s Face after Photo “Retweeted” 100K+ Times

The power of the Internet is awesome when it helps reunite people with lost photos, but it’s even cooler when it uses photos to help reconnect people with relatives. That happened recently with a 71-year-old shoe shiner in China named Shufang Zhong. Zhong’s daughter had moved to a far away city five years ago, and although they could speak on the phone, her daughter desperately wanted to see her face. The problem was, Zhong had absolutely no Internet access and no idea how to reach her daughter.

On June 24th, Zhong noticed a man using an iPad and begged him to help her search online for her daughter. There wasn’t Wi-Fi in the area, so the man snapped a photograph of Zhong instead and uploaded it to Chinese microblogging service Weibo (similar to Twitter). Within just a few hours the image had attracted news organizations, celebrities, and over 100,000 “retweets”, and on June 27 the daughter came across the photo online and saw her mother’s face for the first time in five years.

(via Chengdu Daily via VentureBeat)


Update: After some further digging, it appears the story is different than how we initially reported it (and how our source reported it). We’ve updated the post accordingly. Sorry about that.


 
  • Suman0102

    i have a great amount of appreciation and love for photography. but it is stories likes this that makes me love photography and social media even more!

  • Brandon

    what?! really, it just reminds me how lucky i am to live in the USA, and that china sucks.

  • WCSB

    Too bad the USA doesn’t feel lucky to have you, Brandon. 

  • http://www.jasonmeekphoto.com Jason R. Meek

    Anyone know what case that is for the iPhone?

  • Anonymous

    horrendous.

  • Brandon

    ah, but it does. you guys don’t see how sad this is? this old shoe shining lady’s daughter moved away for some untold reason, and her daughter just wanted to see her moms face again. she can’t get on a plane, or a boat, or in a car and visit her mom? maybe she can’t for some strange reason, but at least she managed to find a photo of her poor mother on the internet while she was on the net, probably updating her facebook status. oh, but hey, what about that iphone case?!

  • Brandon

    ah, but it does. you guys don’t see how sad this is? this old shoe shining lady’s daughter moved away for some untold reason, and her daughter just wanted to see her moms face again. she can’t get on a plane, or a boat, or in a car and visit her mom? maybe she can’t for some strange reason, but at least she managed to find a photo of her poor mother on the internet while she was on the net, probably updating her facebook status. oh, but hey, what about that iphone case?!