According to a story on Chinese media, a common farmer was recently struck with a shocking realization. The last phone conversation between the farmer, Xiude Wang, and his third son named Zhiwen took place on the eve of the Chinese New Year in 2003. His son was working overseas and had pneumonia. He was constantly coughing during the call.
Several months later, he found out his son had died from acute pneumonia. Three days after he received the news, his daughter-in-law brought their 5-year-old son named Tong to Wang. After the funeral, she gave him $50,000 RMB for the care of Tong, then left without a trace.
It took Wang a long time to grapple with his son’s death. He recalled that Zhiwen consistently wired money to him. In fact, when Xiude’s wife was seriously ill, it was Zhiwen who provided for the entire cost of her treatment.
They lived on a small farm and grew vegetables to sell. Their income was limited and life was hard. Nonetheless, it was a great comfort that Tong-Tong’s performance at school was outstanding; in 2016, he was enrolled at the prestigious Fudan University.
Then it happened. One day while Tong was taking a shower, his cell phone rang. Wang picked it up was surprised to see a recent photo, including Tong, Tong’s parents, and an unknown child on the screen. Wang suddenly realized that his third son is still alive. Why would Zhiwen deceive his father?
Zhiwen Wang explained: “Father has three sons, yet he only esteems my two elder brothers. It’s quite difficult for me to live in a foreign country. Nevertheless, I was frequently asked for money by my parents as if I owed it to them. When my mother was ill, I borrowed tens of thousands of yuan.”
Tong was told not to reveal this to his grandpa. His parents met Tong from time to time, and recently they had another son. Even so, during those 14 years, Zhiwen would still send his father $500 RMB per month through Tong’s classmate in the name of government assistance.
Knowing the truth, Wang is devastated. His son not only deserted him, but also misled him to take on the hardship of raising his child. Wang says he cannot forgive his son.