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Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China

Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China
Author: Leslie T. Chang
ISBN 13: 9780385520188
ISBN 10: 385520182
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Publication Date: 2009-08-04
Format: Paperback
Pages: 420
List Price: $17.00

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

The New York Times Book Review - Patrick Radden Keefe

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 exploited—working grueling hours in sometimes poor conditions for meager wages with little job security—without allowing the book to degenerate into a diatribe.