'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.
babymaddux, chicago, United Kingdom, 3 hours ago
you need to learn more about their culture. she didn't work for the scholarship, why would she accept it? both she and her brother are doing as any family would, taking care of their elders. he, by working to support them all, and she by ensuring the woman is fed and cared for.
UK FOREVER, Somewhere in UK, United Kingdom, 5 hours ago
What a wonderful young lady
desertdwllr, London expat now Torquay VIC, Australia, 6 hours ago
What a wonderful story. About six months ago, I got the flu, and my 9 year old so desperately wanted to care for me, and even offered to help me wipe my bum. I realised then, that he will take good care of me when I'm older.
Dale222, Newmarket, Canada, 6 hours ago
@Laura, at least we don't kill and eat dogs during a festival every year in China.
Pixiegiel, London, United Kingdom, 6 hours ago
This is how old people should be treated. As the treasures that they are, not dumped like garbage!!!
gary, London, United Kingdom, 7 hours ago
A lesson for our younger generation. so obsessed with all the material wealth.
A wise guy, St Elsewhere, 7 hours ago
A noble soul who is an example to us all. God bless her !!!
Brutally-Honest, City of London, United Kingdom, 7 hours ago
Bless her little soul. What happened to her own mother who was ill, I'm just wondering who is caring for her.
Alaska Anna, Anchorage_Alaska, United States, 8 hours ago
Please take the scholarship!! You so deserve it! xo
Kaylmnop, Cheltenham, United Kingdom, 8 hours ago
Bless her. Her mother should be proud! I would be. We need more people like this in the world
Jones Strother, Cincinnati, United States, 9 hours ago
Such a lovely story. This granddaughter will be abundantly blessed for her selfless caring of her dear Grandmother. All the best to both of them!
oldbiddy, kent, 9 hours ago
A wonderful young lady.
ladytoro, Leeds, United Kingdom, 10 hours ago
What a wonderful granddaughter, she's a rare commodity in this modern time of put your granny in care homes age. However employ her in future will have a rare commodity working for them, someone who is caring, kind and considerate. I wish her the best of luck in future.
babymaddux, chicago, United Kingdom, 9 hours ago
rare in the west, certainly. in asia, not so much
juliek, fleet, 9 hours ago
People in Asia rarely dump their old relatives in care homes, they look after them at home with love and respect. Something old people very rarely get in this country
Tdimart, London, 10 hours ago
lovely story and what an amazing Grand daughter
Mr Bubbles, London, United Kingdom, 10 hours ago
Its a shame they are not a kind to animals
Laura, Wishaw, 7 hours ago
Neither are we
Lee, LONDON, United Kingdom, 11 hours ago
This made me cry.