An eye-opening and previously untold story, Factory Girls is the first look into the everyday lives of the migrant factory population in China.
Chang's extraordinary reportorial feat is the intimacy with which she presents the stories of these two women. Min and Chunming lack the reserve of some of their colleagues. They share their diary entries and their text messages, their romantic entanglements and their sometimes strained relationships with the families they left behind. The result is an exceptionally vivid and compassionate depiction of the day-to-day dramas, and the fears and aspirations, of the real people who are powering China's economic boom. By delving so deeply into the lives of her subjects, Chang succeeds in exploring the degree to which China's factory girls are exploitedworking grueling hours in sometimes poor conditions for meager wages with little job securitywithout allowing the book to degenerate into a diatribe.