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Factory Girls

From Village to City in a Changing China

by Leslie T. Chang

Factory Girls
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  • First Published:
    Oct 2008, 432 pages
    Paperback:
    Aug 2009, 448 pages

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

Considering the articles in recent years regarding toy recalls or melamine-tainted milk products, Factory Girls serves as a timely reminder of the human story behind the Chinese factories we often view in critical terms. Leslie T. Chang examines an easily forgotten facet: that factories represent a chance for millions to leave a rural life in search of higher wages, to escape traditional expectations, and to search for adventure—a migratory phenomenon known as chuqu, "to go out".

The city of Dongguan is brought to the foreground through a blend of immersion reporting, diary excerpts and research. As you would expect, we're given accounts of what it's like to work in the factories, but the best chapters detail life outside the confines of the assembly line and the dormitories:...

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