China’s “floating population” on display at Criss Library


By Justin Baker, Contributor

The next time you’re in the Criss Library, stop by the Osborne Family Gallery and take a look at Dr. Peter Szto’s photography exhibit on display.
It’s a collection of photos that depict the struggles of some of China’s floating population in the city of Guangzhou, as rural residents made the extended migration to the city in search of work.
Dr. Szto is a professor on the University of Nebraska-Omaha campus, and he decided to display the collection in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Grace Abbott School of Social Work. The photographs were taken in June 2005 in the southern port city of Guangzhou, where China’s economic reform began.
Each wall the Osborne Family Gallery has photographs on them, and they are organized into sections. For viewing, it is intended that the audience reads right to left, similar to the way Chinese calligraphy is read. When viewers are done taking in the photographs, they can listen to a six-minute audio program, “The Street of Eternal Happiness: The Migrant” with provided headphones.
Before leaving, gallery goers can write thoughts and feelings in a booklet.