If you've ever spent the holidays away from your family or have a child who lives in another country, this story might strike a chord. This week, a Chinese mother from the city of Guangzhou placed a front-page ad in a Chinese-language newspaper in Melbourne, Australia, begging her son to come home for the Lunar New Year.
"Dear Peng," the letter starts, in a translation by the Taiwan-based Want China Times.
I have called you several times and you did not take my calls. Maybe the only way to get my message to you is here. Mom and Dad will not pressure you to get married ever again. Please come back home for New Year!
An employee of the Chinese Melbourne Daily, where the ad was placed, told Want China Times that the son had moved to Melbourne for school and decided to stay there for work rather than return home to Guangzhou. His family had apparently pressured him to come back to China, find a girlfriend and get married, something he'd been reluctant to do. "They've figured it out and will not pressure him for marriage," the employee said. "They only hope that their son is safe and comes home for the New Year as family union is the most important thing."
The Lunar New Year, as we told you yesterday, is responsible for the world's largest annual human migration; this year, an estimated 3.623 billion trips will be made over the course of 40 days.
According to CNN, it would have cost about $2,700 to place the ad on the cover of the paper, which has a circulation of 18,000 in the Melbourne area. There's no word yet on whether the message was successful.
And just in case the entire thing turns out to be some kind of hoax or viral marketing campaign — we tip our hats to whoever came up with it.
Via Want China Times