American Heather Kaye and her family, including cat Mochi, are part of a wave of residents departing Shanghai, leaving behind their homes and memories, driven out by two years of strict COVID-19 curbs, including a crushing two-month lockdown.
"I think people are around the world basically the same. We all want to be safe, and be able to go about our work and do creative things and get a good education for our kids, and have a home and shelter and community," she said. "I think on the government level is where things get so misunderstood.”
Three days after Kaye and her daughters landed in the U.S. all three tested positive for COVID-19. They have no regrets.
(Photo Editing Kezia Levitas; Text Editing Michael W. Perry; LayoutMarta Montana Gomez)