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China's 'First Feminists' Seek Citizenship04:51

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They've been called China's first feminists. For decades over the last century, young women left their villages in rural southern China to work overseas - many in Singapore.

They sent all their wages home to their families but took up citizenship in Singapore.

Now, though elderly and frail, many have returned to the country they left as teenagers, and with the help of local officials are trying to become Chinese citizens once again.


  • The BBC's Chris Hogg reports from Guangdong

This segment aired on July 11, 2011.

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