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The grandparent trap

By Lin Meilian (Global Times)

08:39, February 14, 2012

Zhang Guofeng and his wife pose with their grandchildren during a recent trip to the US. Photo: Courtesy of Zhang Guofeng

Chicago didn't exactly leave a good impression on Liu Shunhe, a retired cleaning lady from South China's Guangdong Province. Her stay in the windy city boiled down to two annoying things: Outside there was the cold, wet snow while inside there were the constant demands of her "Little Emperor" grandson.

She started to envision her return ticket home to China as her parole certificate.

Liu, 60, was invited by her daughter for visit to the US to help raise her 6-year-old grandson. Of course she did it out of love and was happy to oblige, but the reality of life in the unfamiliar sprawling North American suburb ended up feeling like a prison.

"I felt like I had been 'kidnapped' to a foreign country. Of course I loved helping look after my grandson, it's a Chinese tradition, but I didn't have a life of my own there," she told the Global Times.

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