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Keeping a family tradition alive for most of his life

LI Niangen, 62, is a fifth-generation inheritor of bamboo-weaving techniques in Xinyu City’s Dongcun Township in east China’s Jiangxi Province.

Li learned bamboo-weaving techniques from his uncle when he was barely 9 years old, and started to make a living on his own at the age of 15.

More than 20 of his apprentices chose to seek better-paying jobs in other walks of life away from home in the early 1990s, but Li decided to stay and stick to his profession.

He began to demonstrate his bamboo-weaving techniques on video-sharing platforms in 2019, and now has more than 8 million followers.


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