Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China -- amazing memoir by American-born Chinese journalist

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7 Responses to “Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China -- amazing memoir by American-born Chinese journalist”

  1. Jonathan Badger says:

    Has anyone thought of doing a detailed comparison of these girls with the 19th century American Lowell Mill Girls — again, rural girls who left villages to go work in factories (often not entirely safe)?

  2. Marilyn Terrell says:

    Leslie Chang is a wonderful writer with unique insights into contemporary Chinese culture and an ability to explain it to outsiders. I loved her article about the challenges of the rising middle class in China, in the all-China issue of National Geographic recently:
    http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/05/china/middle-class/leslie-chang-text

  3. batu b says:

    Along similar lines, the film Up The Yangtze is an amazing look at many things Chinese, anchored by two teenagers who work on a river cruise boat. http://www.uptheyangtze.com/

  4. Anonymous says:

    I have been to some of those factories in China. They are amazing to see and hear how most of the workers are from rural northern China and how they come to the south for the money to support their families. While the plants were nothing like the ones I have been in, in the United States, they were safer then I had expected. They were not a lot of safety guards, but they did things in simple ways that did not have need for large amounts of safety equipment. I did find that they worked from early in the morning to late at night and most workers lived at the factory.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Is she Chinese American or an American-born Chinese? There’s a difference. If she’s an American of Chinese dsecend, then she’s an American. I know the initials ABC is very cute but it’s mildly offensive to be born and raised in America and still not be considered an American.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Peter Hessler’s great book, Oracle Bones, has some good description of this kind of working girl in Shenzhen, which is in Guangdong province. If this book is half as engaging, I’m in.

  7. travelina says:

    @ Anonymous: Chang calls herself Chinese-American in this interview with Susan Jakes in The China Beat:

    http://thechinabeat.blogspot.com/2008/10/china-annals-factory-girls.html

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