自1979年中国出台计划生育政策后，出生在独生子女家庭的后代们就被称为“小皇帝”。 作为“被宠坏了的一代”，他们分享不了手足之情的快乐，也体会不到同胞争宠的郁闷。 他们大多数成长在城市里，比贫困地区的孩子生活优越，但他们并没有那么快乐，更要承受应试教育的压力和家长们望子成龙的期待。他们被捧在手心，却注定只能孤独成长。
They were known as China’s “little emperors” – the offspring of one-child families born after the country’s draconian family planning policy was introduced in 1979. They became the “spoilt generation” of teenagers who didn’t experience the joys and heartache of sibling rivalry or share. Most of them grew up in the city, but they are not so happy. They withstand the pressure of exam-oriented education and parents’ hopeful expectations. They are growing up with loneliness.
On October 29, 2015, the change in the existing law to a two-child policy citing a statement from the Communist Party of China. The new policy allowing Chinese couples to have two children was proposed in order to help address the aging issue in China. The new law was passed in the session of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee after two months, which governs country’s laws, effective from January 1, 2016. (2010-2015)
A little girl sits on the top of a minivan at night. Her parents are still busy with working. After finishing her homework, the little girl has to go out to play alone.
In late autumn, a boy wearing a school uniform lay on the lawn which was covered with fallen leaves.
On account of severe air pollution caused by fog haze, two boys have to wear masks to raise the national flag in the empty playground.
A little girl stands in the middle of a Japanese national flag which was torn during an anti-Japan protest caused by the Diaoyu Island incident.
Primary students take part in an autism charity auction with toys, books and stationery，donating to kids with autism.
Kids watch a group wedding ceremony after finishing their performance in a state-owned steel plant where their parents work.
Primary students listen to doctors talking about the preparation before surgeries in a moot hospital.
小学开学报到第一天，几个一年级新生在操场上攀爬玩耍。 Some first grade students climb in the playground on their first day of school.
Three middle school students train hard to throw balls, which is one of the test items in the coming PE entrance exam.
Hongyi, a mentally disabled boy, soaks in the hot spring with his families beside him.
On the Halloween carnival held in a primary school, a student wearing a mask walks on a show.
In a fur processing plant, a little girl sleeps in a plastic basket next to a pile of raccoon fur. Her mother is too busy working here to take care of her.
A little girl feeds the koi fish by the lake.
A girl and her mother stand in the balcony, looking at the streetlights. The glare makes them unable to sleep at ease, as the streetlights are too close to the residential building.
After school, a girl waits for her parents to pick her up at the school gate, where classmates leave their bags on the ground and go playing.
一对母子躲在塑料袋子里吃午饭。 男孩在附近一所小学上三年级，他的妈妈每天中午准时给他送去亲手制作的午餐。 只要天冷下来，妈妈就会带上这个自制的塑料袋子，和儿子躲在里面吃饭，就像一个小“温室”，防风又避雨。
A mother and her son have their lunch in a plastic bag. The boy is in grade three in a primary school nearby. His mother brings him the self-cooked lunch everyday on time.