No longer content with being trampled underfoot, a group of 120 dwarves in the southern Chinese community of Kunming have established their own town, complete with a police force.
But this has become more than just a safe haven for the dwarf community, as they have begun presenting themselves as a tourist attraction to earn a living. They dwell in homes designed to look like mushrooms and wear costumes straight out of a fairy tale.
Reactions are mixed, with some feeling its mere exploitation, and others feeling its the best possible option, given China’s population and number of available workers. Those perceived as disabled have difficulty finding jobs and therefore it is thought that this is the best way for them to earn a living.
“It’s a matter of volume…these people probably will have a hard time finding work,” wrote one commentator.