China’s Factory Migrants

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Find out about the factory cities that have sprung up all over China – and the hundreds of millions of workers who have migrated to them. Leslie Chang, former Beijing correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, is author of the book Factory Girls.

Leslie Chang will be speaking and signing books
Wed. Oct. 15 at 6 PM
Upper West Side Barnes & Noble
Broadway and 82nd St.


Leslie Chang

Comments [3]


Interesting show. 14 hour days, 6 and even 7 day work weeks, reluctance to get married, re-focusing on the needs of the individual, enthusiasm for the material oportunities that factory work can sounds alot like the stories I grew up listening to about my grandparents and great grandparents when they came to America in the late 19th century. My own grandmother never forgave herself for giving up the factory front office job that she finally got promoted to in order to marry my grandfather. Poor guy...he never heard the end of it.
This is obviously an oversimplification but more than ever...China of the past 20 years seems a lot like a "do-over" / repeat of late 19th century America. Migration from poor rural areas to cities, pollution, grueling factory work, poisoned milk, government controled by a small elite of monied oligarchs. Many US cities (think NE towns like Lowell and Lawrence) grew under similar circumstances. One difference sounds like child labor was much more prevelent in "legitimate" businesses in turn-of-the century US.

Oct. 15 2008 05:19 PM
Marissa from NYC

A question for Patricia: I will be taking the GMAT in the hopes of attending business school next fall. Any resources you recomend for preparation on the verbal portion?

Oct. 15 2008 01:44 PM
Micheal from Manhattan

Some fresh air with this interview. Although LL's questions show a NY Times influenced view of China which is often misleading. The guest is able to give listeners a more accurate view of the dynamics of Chinese society and women in Dong Guan.
Hopefully listeners will rethink what they think they "know" about China, Chinese women and modern Chinese society.

Oct. 15 2008 12:21 PM

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