Kingdom of the Little People
On the east side of Kunming city is a residential amusement park that celebrates dwarfism. In China people with disabilities still face a lot of discrimination, particularly in the workplace, and for people with visible differences such as dwarfism, it can be almost impossible to find work outside of the entertainment industry. Hence, the Kingdom of the Little People was created by wealthy investor Cheng Mingjing, to give people with dwarfism a home as well as a way to earn some income. The village charges admission prices and visitors can come in, have a look around, and watch a show performed by the residents. Is it ethical, or exploitative? The answer depends upon who you ask. Many employees at the park say they enjoy the sense of community they feel living together with other people with dwarfism, and that they had previously been unable to find satisfactory work. Others compare the park to a zoo, and argue that it is nothing more than a glorified sideshow act.