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Fast Boat to China: Corporate Flight and the Consequences of Free Trade; Lessons from Shanghaiby Andrew Ross
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Corporate outsourcing has bitterly divided advocates and critics of free trade; the transfer of jobs overseas to cheaper locations has had a profound effect on dislocated employees and their communities, and, increasingly, it is the high–skill, white–collar positions that are feeling the impact.
In Fast Boat to China, Andrew Ross looks at the controversial issue of offshore outsourcing to China—specifically that of white-collar jobs at U.S. global manufacturing and high-tech companies.
Having spent a year talking with skilled local employees and their foreign managers in Taiwan, in Shanghai, and in the far west of China, Ross reports on China’s workforce, where employees, for the first time, are emulating a corporate mentality of job–hopping as a way of life. Ross looks as well at the effects of foreign investment on China’s (newly capitalist) economy and at how multinational companies such as GM, GE, Philips, Lucent, IBM, and Motorola are taking advantage of Chinese nationalism in planning for their future growth there.
The author makes clear the impact of globalization on Chinese workers, who, he discovered, have become as insecure as their Western counterparts. He reports on the daily reality of corporate free trade and how it doesn’t at all correspond to its classical definition . . . how India and China, the world’s two most populous countries, are competing for low–paying jobs and affecting the growth of white–collar jobs in Asia . . . and, finally, how China’s huge gains in technology will soon allow it to compete for top–level jobs at the same time that it absorbs lower-end jobs, and how this will affect workers and economies in East Asia and the West.
An in-depth analysis of the controversial issue of outsourcing looks at the implications of the transfer of jobs overseas to take advantage of cheap labor, discussing the impact on dislocated employees, their communities, economic security, and the corporations themselves. 30,000 first printing.
Most Americans today are aware that jobs are being outsourced to China, India, and other nations at an alarming rate. From factory jobs to white-collar, high-tech positions, the exporting of labor is one of themost controversial issues in America.Yet few people know much about the other end - about the people who are actually working these jobs and how their own lives have been throw into tumult by these new economicforces. Andrew Ross spent a year in China, interviewing local employees and their managers in Taiwan, Shanghai, and the far western provinces. In this engaging and informative book, he shows how the Chinese workforce hasinherited many of the same worries as American workers, such as job instability, long hours, and awareness of their own expendability. He reports on the daily reality of corporate free trade and explores the growingcompetition between China and India. This is an eye-opening exploration of an unseen side of our globalized world.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
Andrew Ross is Professor of American Studies and Director of the Metropolitan Studies Program at New York University. He is the author of seven books, including No–Collar: The Humane Workplace and Its Hidden Costs; The Celebration Chronicles: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Property Value in Disney’s New Town; and Low Pay, High Profile: The Global Push for Fair Labor. He has also edited six books, including No Sweat: Fashion, Free Trade, and the Rights of Garment Workers and, most recently, Anti–Americanism. He lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
The Shanghai squeeze — Raising the bar — The sent-up generation — Mister Tata comes to town — The Suzhou price — Go west — Cross-strait flights.
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