Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China

Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China

Leslie T. Chang


An eye-opening and formerly untold tale, Factory Girls is the 1st investigate the typical lives of the migrant manufacturing facility inhabitants in China.

China has a hundred thirty million migrant workers—the biggest migration in human heritage. In Factory Girls, Leslie T. Chang, a former correspondent for the Wall highway Journal in Beijing, tells the tale of those staff essentially throughout the lives of 2 younger ladies, whom she follows over the process 3 years as they try and upward thrust from the meeting strains of Dongguan, an business urban in China’s Pearl River Delta.

As she tracks their lives, Chang paints a never-before-seen photo of migrant life—a international the place approximately everyone seems to be less than thirty; the place you could lose your boyfriend and your mates with the lack of a cellphone; the place a number of laptop or English classes can catapult you right into a different social category. Chang takes us inside of a sneaker manufacturing facility so huge that it has its personal health center, movie show, and hearth division; to posh karaoke bars which are fronts for prostitution; to makeshift English periods the place scholars shave their heads in monklike devotion and take a seat every day in entrance of machines gazing English phrases flash via; and again to a farming village for the chinese language New yr, revealing the poverty and idleness of rural existence that force younger women to go away domestic within the first position. all through this riveting portrait, Chang additionally interweaves the tale of her personal family’s migrations, inside China and to the West, supplying ancient and private frames of reference for her investigation.

A e-book of world value that gives new perception into China, Factory Girls demonstrates how the mass move from rural villages to towns is remaking person lives and reworking chinese language society, a lot as immigration to America’s shorelines remade our personal kingdom a century in the past.

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