Factory Girls From Village to City in a Changing China

ISBN-10: 0385520174

ISBN-13: 9780385520171

Edition: 2008

Authors: Leslie T. Chang

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China has more than 114 million migrant workers, which represents the largest migration in human history. But while these workers, who leave their rural towns to find jobs in China7;s cities, are the driving force behind China7;s growing economy, little is known about their day-to-day lives or the sociological significance of this massive movement. InFactory Girls, Leslie T. Chang tells the story of these workers primarily through the lives of two young women whom she follows over the course of three years. Chang vividly portrays a world where you can lose your boyfriend and your friends with the loss of a cell phone; where lying about your age, your education, and your work experience is often a requisite for getting ahead; where a few computer or English lessons can catapult you into a completely different social class. Throughout this affecting portrait of migrant life, Chang also interweaves the story of her own family7;s migrations, within China and to the West, providing a historical frame of reference for her investigation. At a time when the Olympics will have shifted the world7;s focus to China,Factory Girlsoffers a previously untold story about the immense population of unknown women who work countless hours, often in hazardous conditions, to provide us with the material goods we take for granted. A book of global significance, it demonstrates howthe movement from rural villages to cities is remaking individual lives and the fates of families, transforming our world much as immigration to America7;s shores remade our own society a century ago.
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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Publication date: 10/7/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Size: 6.50" wide x 10.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

Leslie T. Chang is a graduate of Harvard University and was a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing. She is married to Peter Hessler, who also writes about China. She lives in Colorado.

The City
Going Out
The City
To Die Poor Is a Sin
The Talent Market
Factory Girls
The Stele with No Name
Square and Round
Eight-Minute Date
Assembly-Line English
The Village
The Village
The Historian in My Family
The South China Mall
Love and Money
The Tomb of the Emperor
Perfect Health
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