Ching starts out as a fellow farmer and Wang Lung’s neighbor. When a mob comes to Wang Lung’s house to steal food during the famine, Ching takes a handful of beans. He feels terribly guilty about it and later gives Wang Lung some beans to help his family move south. When Wang Lung returns to his land after the famine, he hires Ching as his steward over the land, and the two become fast friends. Ching is an honest, hardworking man who represents the best of those connected to the land. Wang Lung is distraught when Ching dies and buries him at the entrance to the family burial plot.
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