Factory Girls

Factory Girls

From Village to City in A Changing China

Book - 2008
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Explores the world of the millions of female Chinese migrant workers who have left their homes in rural towns to find jobs in China's cities, as revealed through a two-year study of the lives of two young women.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, c2008
ISBN: 9780385520171
Branch Call Number: 331.40951 CHA
Characteristics: 420 p. : map ; 25 cm


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WVMLStaffPicks Oct 20, 2014

Wall Street journalist Leslie Chang pieces together the lives of young factory workers in Dongguan, a city of more than 7 million migrants, and at the same time re-visits her Chinese heritage.

Sep 06, 2012

Really enjoyed this book. Before I read it, I thought it might be more of an examination of the bad practices that go on in factories in China. However, it is more an exploration of the lives of girls that work in these factories. Great read!

May 04, 2012

This is a must-read! For anyone who's wondered what 'Made in China' really means:


Jul 09, 2011

This is not a "novel" as another commentator seems to think. It is a fascinating non-fiction book that gives us an inside look at how much China has changed in the last 3 decades. Where does the western world get its enormous supply of affordable commercial goods? From the hard work of these migrant factory girls. And far from being cogs on an assembly line, these very young girls and women show a resolve and determination that we, western parents, struggle to instill in our own children. Their stories, and by connection the story of our evolving global economy, are wonderfully told in this book.

Oct 21, 2009

This novel is ok but I wasn't able to get past the first 100 pages. It reads like a news documentary, which I'd love to watch on tv but couldn't stay interested to read the 300+ pages

carknerdy Aug 12, 2009

Quite an interesting read for someone looking to see another side of China. It's about rural girls moving to the big industrial cities to work an endless series of anonymous, low-paying, precarious factory jobs.
The only drawback is that the American author makes her outsider views too central to the feeling of the book. She should have sat back and tried to report what the other people felt a bit more.

Aug 06, 2009

I knew many of the points illustrated in the book beforehand from other sources - most of them obtained during my life in Korea - but it did serve as a confirmation of the status of briskly changing china's cultural, economical, and moral landscape.


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Aug 06, 2009

"You had to believe that you mattered even though you were one among millions." (pg 55)

"The illicit assembly of authentic parts" (pg 101)

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