1. published this weekend: portrait for TIME on Zheng Yanliang, the farmer who amputated his own leg, a vignette on China’s healthcare. Story by Emily Rauhala. With thanks to Michelle Molloy! 
    http://time.com/3308073/china-healthcare-crisis-amputation-health-insurance-zheng-yanliang/

     
  2. “I stand against the death penalty because….. life itself can be unforgiving enough.”

    A photo blend made on my iPhone of my profile and an old photo found of my paternal grandfather Shen Huansheng, who was executed during the Chinese civil war by the rival Kuomintang in July 1949 in east Guangdong, China, for his role as propaganda cadre in a Chinese Communist Party guerilla army unit. He was shot in a mass execution after being imprisoned as the Kuomintang soldiers killed their prisoners while retreating towards Taiwan.
    It looks like a prison photo bearing a name and date, possibly his prison photo from Malaya where he had been imprisoned by the British for leftist activities in the late 1940s, before he chose to be deported to China and then joined the Chinese Communist guerillas in the mountains near our ancestral village of Gaoshang, Taoyao, in Meixian, east Guangdong in southern China.
    He was killed at age 38, just a couple of years older than I am now, leaving behind his young wife and five children in Malaya. To our knowledge, he did not get to leave any final words. @chiyin_sim / Sim Chi Yin / VII
    #FinalWords #nodeathpenalty

    Final Words has launched a #SelfieAgainstDeathPenalty campaign@marcasnin

    To find out more: http://final-words.org/selfie-campaign/
    #FinalWords #nodeathpenalty @viiphoto @marcasnin

     
  3. Just lookin. Downtown #Paris. Close to the #Champs-Élysées; just a block from #Piasa auction house which has four of my Burma prints to go on the block. #travel #iphoneonly @viiphoto

     
  4. After a hectic week at @visapourlimage — where it’s been great to catch up with old friends and make new ones, and to look at and think about reportage photography — I finally made it to the seaside to chill out for a bit. Watched this window washer from Quebec who is traveling through Europe practise her fire-throwing/swirling moves on the beach.
    Got a ride back to #Perpignan with a middle-aged Swedish woman who lives here and had attended some of the first sessions of #Visa Pour L’image when it started 26 years ago. She no longer attends the festival, she says. “I see all these pictures of war, conflict, famine, protest around the world shot by photojournalists and then we go and have a drink and nice meal afterwards. “I can’t look at those pictures anymore; I feel I can’t do anything. It’s good the world becomes aware of the problems around the world. But after the pictures are shown here and then what?” #photojournalism #iphoneonly With @arthurbondar @yushkooksana. @viiphoto

     
  5. In #Perpignan for the annual major reportage photography festival @visapourlimage. Speaking on a panel on photojournalism in the digital age and my personal project on Chinese gold miners fighting silicosis will be in a projection. Come say hello if you are close by! @viiphoto

     
  6. In transit. #Sheremetyevo airport, #Moscow. Flying #Aeroflot (gasp!) to Barcelona for Visa Pour L’image festival, Perpignan. Cheapest flight this freelancer could find! @viiphoto

     
  7. my 2011 book on Indonesian domestic workers now available through theVII Photo Agency bookstore! 

    http://viiphoto.com/viistore/shop/the-long-road-home-sim-chi-yin

     
  8. A big thank you to all who came to the #Magnumfoundation talk we gave last night at InterGallery, 798 Arts District, Beijing. It was standing room-only and we had a engaging discussion about documentary photography and the Magnum Foundation fellowship. Thank you Na Risong and InterGallery for hosting us and Robert Pledge for being a special guest. Thanks and stay in touch! Picture by @_douxiao “#magnum #magnumfoundation” via @PhotoRepost_app

     
  9. Popsicle and the past. #market #mao #culturalrevolution #china #beijing #everydayasia @viiphoto

     
  10. Chivalry, Chinese-style? #guizhou #GuizhouPhotoFestival #magnumfoundation #iphoneonly #hipstamatic @viiphoto

     
  11. Tiles on a table in the old Hakka house my great-grandfather helped to build in our ancestral village and which our family still owns almost half the rooms in - in theory. The Great Wall is an icon of greatness for many rural Chinese. Hence the Chinese saying “不到长城非好汉 / Not a real man if you don’t go to the Great Wall”. For my relatives here, the fact that I now live in Beijing is a pretty big deal. But when I visit here they say I have “come home”. #family #roots #hakka #meixian #gaoshangvillage #iphoneonly #hipstamatic @viiphoto

     
  12. Master barber old Mr Jiang has been in hairdressing for almost 60 years; stills tends to each of his customers with great care. A shave costs 6 yuan and a haircut and wash 12 yuan. #songkou #meixian #guangdong #roots #family #iphoneonly @viiphoto

     
  13. The jetty where my great-grandfather Shen Shuixiang 沈水详 like so many Hakkas in the then impoverished mountains here must have left our ancestral village in east Guangdong to set sail in a small boat for Shantou where they got on ocean-going vessels, sailed through the South China Sea and ended up in Nanyang or Southeast Asia. Great-granddad ended up in Selama, Perak in Malaya. It’s also through here that my granddad Shen Huansheng 沈焕盛 came back from Malaya, deported by the British for suspected leftist activities. He was later imprisoned in this town of Songkou by the Kuomintang as a Communist guerrilla and then taken away and shot in a mass execution as the KMT retreated towards Taiwan. 火船码头,#松口,#梅县, literally Fireboat Jetty, Songkou, Meixian #guangdong #china #family #roots #history #客家人 #hakka @viiphoto

     
  14. Reflections.
    It’s almost full moon on this 12th day of the 7th month in the lunar calendar. The moon reflected in the Han Jiang river 韩江 near Songkou 松口 jetty where, like my paternal great-grandfather, many Hakkas left this mountainous and impoverished part of eastern Guangdong province to set sail for Nanyang 南洋 at the turn of the last century. They sailed on boats to Shantou 汕头 and then into the South China Sea for Malaya or Indonesia.
    My grandfather — in 1948 — came back through this town, having been deported by the British from Malaya. Less than a year later became imprisoned as a Communist cadre in this town by the Kuomintang, and later taken away and executed. #songkou #meixian #松口 #梅县 #roots #下南洋 #family #history #migration #sonyA7 #leicasummicron @viiphoto

     
     
  15. Morning rush, leisurely #meizhou style. A lot of the old city of #meizhou has been torn down - like in most of China - but one small quarter remains. Some of the architecture is traditional Chinese but some of it has distinctive influences from the European styles locals who came back from Southeast Asia brought or sent back from what was known as Nanyang or the southern seas at the time. #meizhou #梅州 #hometown #hipstamatic #iphoneonly #everydayasia