Land of the Little People

Ransom Riggs

Well, this is one way to deal with discrimination -- hundreds of dwarves in southern China have chosen to live in a special mountain commune all their own, where residents must be less than four feet three inches tall to stay. They have their own fire brigade and police department, and now -- to help bring in money during a stalled economy -- they've started a little-people-themed amusement park all their own. Visitors can pay a fee to stroll amongst specially-built mushroom houses and interact with residents, who have begun living and dressing like fairy-tale characters.

Some western commentators have been outraged, but a spokesman for the little people defends their way of living: "As small people we are used to being pushed around and exploited by big people. But here there aren't any big people and everything we do is for us."

What do you think -- are they exploiting themselves? If you happen to be in southern China and want to check it out, the "Kingdom of the Dwarves" website is here.