Thousands of Chinese migrant workers, dubbed the "rat tribe," make their homes in Beijing's underground air shelters and basements. Beijing-based photographer Sim Chi Yin
photographed residents of these tiny rooms who pay $50 - $110 a month to live in spaces sometimes barely wider than a bed.
Sim Chi Yin's "China's Rat Tribe" series is currently on view at United Photo Industries
in Brooklyn, N.Y. until June 29, 2013. The show is presented by the Magnum Foundation
In this photo, Big Rain, 21, a KTV lounge worker, is seen in his basement room beneath Beijing's north Third Ring Road, Beijing, China, May 9, 2011.
Originally from Heilongjiang in China's northeast, he's been in Beijing for the past year. Faced with sky-high property prices, living underground is often the only option for this legion of low-waged migrant workers, who make up one-third of Beijing's estimated 20 million people.