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Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China


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An eye-opening and previously untold story, Factory Girls is the first look into the everyday lives of the migrant factory population in China.

China has 130 million migrant workers—the largest migration in human history. In Factory Girls, Leslie T. Chang, a former correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Beijing, tells the story of these workers primarily through the lives of two young women, whom she follows over the course of three years as they attempt to rise from the assembly lines of Dongguan, an industrial city in Chinas Pearl River Delta.

As she tracks their lives, Chang paints a never-before-seen picture of migrant life—a world where nearly everyone is under thirty; where you can lose your boyfriend and your friends with the loss of a mobile phone; where a few computer or English lessons can catapult you into a completely different social class. Chang takes us inside a sneaker factory so large that it has its own hospital, movie theater, and fire department; to posh karaoke bars that are fronts for prostitution; to makeshift English classes where students shave their heads in monklike devotion and sit day after day in front of machines watching English words flash by; and back to a farming village for the Chinese New Year, revealing the poverty and idleness of rural life that drive young girls to leave home in the first place. Throughout this riveting portrait, Chang also interweaves the story of her own familys migrations, within China and to the West, providing historical and personal frames of reference for her investigation.

A book of global significance that provides new insight into China, Factory Girls demonstrates how the mass movement from rural villages to cities is remaking individual lives and transforming Chinese society, much as immigration to Americas shores remade our own country a century ago.



About the Author

Leslie T. Chang lived in China for a decade as a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. She is married to Peter Hessler, who also writes about China. She lives in Colorado.

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Nancy Stokley, December 21, 2009 (view all comments by Nancy Stokley)
This is a fascinating account of the inside lives of some of the thousands of young peasant women who have migrated alone into the factory cities of south China. From her unique vantage point as a Chinese American, Leslie Chang writes a fascinating story of the family history, inner lives, fabulous dreams, and contradictions involved in making this huge leap from daughter of rural rice farmer to 21st century entrepreneur. Read it for an insight into the formative narrative for future titans of industry.
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Chang, Leslie T
Spiegel & Grau
Leslie T. Chang
Chang, Leslie
Ethnic Studies - Asian American Studies
Women's Studies - General
Emigration & Immigration
Labor & Industrial Relations - General
Manufacturing industries - Employees - China
Women migrant labor - China
General Social Science
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
china;non-fiction;women;globalization;sociology;migration;migrant workers;economics;factories;history;labor;factory workers;journalism;memoir
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