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Chicken Feathers & Garlic Skin: Diary of a Chinese Garment Factory Girl on Saipan (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Chun Yu Wang , Walt F.J. Goodridge

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It took a lot of courage for a 25-year-old girl from Wu Xi City in Jiang Shu province, China, who had never flown on a plane, and who had never left home before, to travel 2,000 miles to a foreign country in search of work. It took even more courage to stay once she discovered what life was really like for a factory girl on the island of Saipan in the US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).

Did she make the greatest mistake of her life? Like many girls, she came with dreams of a better future. Yes, the pay was better than in China, but at what price? Would the high pressure of 15-hour quota-driven days of tedious, mind and finger-numbing work get to her? Or would the greedy floor monitors, and scam-artists preying on lonely, naive women rob her not just of her income, but of her innocence as well? At every turn, there were wolves ahead and tigers behind that threatened her dreams of happiness. Could she learn Saipan's secret factory system and get ahead before she lost it all? Could she save money, save face, and return to China better off? Would she even want to, given the real reason she left China in the first place?

Chicken Feathers and Garlic Skin is Chun Yu Wang's nine-year journey on the island of Saipan. It is an inspiring and enlightening tale of determination, disappointment, justice, and triumph, and the only known first-hand account and diary of a Saipan factory girl's life.

Chicken Feathers and Garlic Skin is told in her own words--simple, yet full of profound insights, and from an entirely untainted perspective. It is a directly transcribed account, told without the bias of reporters, journalists, case workers, human rights activists or western worldviews. Chun Yu's words reveal a natural storyteller's love of the art, and an attention to detail that makes Chicken Feathers and Garlic Skin a rare, emotional, memorable experience you'll want to share again and again.

We wear the clothes. We read an occasional story of worker exploitation in third world countries, but then the reality fades. The nameless, faceless workers who fill the factories toiling long days to sew, assemble and hem clothes for western tastes fade from our consciousness. Until now.

Ever wonder what it's really like to work in a garment factory?

Ever wanted to know more about those factory girls in news photos working hard behind sewing machines? Where do they come from? What sorts of lives have they left behind? What sorts of lives do they lead now? How much money do they really make and keep? Are they happy? sad? What do they really think about the work, their factories, themselves?

In her book, Chun Yu reveals things only another factory girl can recognize in this video clip; things that you and I would never realize!

Many of us never get to see the inside of a garment factory to see what it's really like.

Chicken Feathers and Garlic Skin is one story of one young lady among the the tens of thousands who, even right now, are working long, hard hours to earn wages to help better their lives, and the lives of their families.

Chicken Feathers and Garlic Skin answers those questions, bringing to life a worldview, a way of life, a work ethic, dreams and aspirations that many of us rarely get a chance to experience.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Chun Yu Wang is originally from Wuxi, China. She arrived on the island of Saipan, in the US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, in 2000 to work in a garment factory. This is her story.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 7800 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 196 Seiten
  • Verlag: The Passion Profit Company (18. November 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B006A4WP30
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Chicken Feathers and Garlic Skin is an absolute gem! 14. April 2009
Von Harry B. Blalock - Veröffentlicht auf
After having lived on the island of Saipan for the past 13 years, and having more information than most about what goes on here, I thought I had a pretty good idea about the conditions in most of the garment factories. This story by Chun gives a candid look into what the reality of conditions in some of the factories were really like, and what it took to survive in that kind of an atmosphere. This story is about the inner strength of a person much like you or me, only one who probably didn't have many of the advantages that we had in our lives. This book will make you take a look at your life and reevaluate some things. Very good read and one that will make you look at some things differently!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Illuminating Stories of Garment Factory Workers 27. Januar 2012
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Few Americans have heard of the Northern Mariana Islands, even though it is a US Commonwealth (even fewer know that the US still has Commonwealth territories). Saipan, the largest of these Pacific islands, was home to a thriving garment industry for 25 years. These factories (up to 36 at the peak on island that has fewer than 50,000 inhabitants) were able to fix Made In USA labels the clothes. The factories employed contract Chinese labor, usually young women, paid minimal wages and working maximal hours.

The author, Chun Yu Wang, takes inside these sweatshops. The stories she tells range from heart warming to heart breaking. Leaving behind a young son and ill-matched husband, Wang moves to Saipan at age 25, to earn more than she could possibly in China. She soon finds her enmeshed in the hierarchical culture of garment factories. New girls rank lowest, behind experienced workers, line monitors, big bosses, and of course, factory owners. Their friendships and mutual support help these hardworking women as they endure exploitative bosses, lose money in investment and immigration scams, and live in miserable dormitories, eating barely edible food. Wang's voice comes through clearly in this book, which is one of its strengths. Her frequent use of translated Cheng yu (4 word Chinese sayings that have an incredible depth of meaning) add color to the story. Indeed, the title of the book is one of these Cheng yu that means something worthless.

This personal narrative is amazing not just for the revealing view of life in clothing sweat shops, but the insight Wang gives on her co-workers, bosses, and other people associated with the garment industry.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating! 23. März 2010
Von David B. Cohen - Veröffentlicht auf
Fascinating! Chicken Feathers takes us inside a world that was almost impossible to understand from the outside. This book is a great public service, but a great read as well.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen wonderful read...sit back and let it pull you along 14. März 2009
Von Ashley M. UYS - Veröffentlicht auf
A wonderful read. Filled with lovely Chinese sayings that bring you closer to the soul of the Chinese people. Earnest, heartfelt, and honestly written. A sad commentary told with heart and innocence. One can not help but wonder if any of us would have had the courage shown by this extraordinary young woman to pursue her dream. I am humbled and inspired.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen COURAGE - A YOUNG CHINESE WOMAN 13. März 2009
Von Joseph H. Race - Veröffentlicht auf
This precise, sensitive, well-written book says it all about the young people that venture forth to foreign lands to follow their dreams and to help support their families in their home countries. It takes ambition and courage, which this young woman has to the nth dregree, to outrun "the tigers behind her' and to face "the wolves" in front of her. Along the way, Chun encounters labor fraud, mean and nasty supervisors (male and female), lies and deception, unreasonable quotas in garment manufacture, etc. She soon discovers that "humans" are human everywhere, and it isn't any different with her own people, the Chinese, that she expected to be treated with honor and kindness by her own, but it wasn't any different than by other ethnic groups. Scroundels are scroundels, no matter their background...or gender. This diary is Chun's eight-year journey through many different garment factories on Saipan, and told through her own eyes, and not dressed up by some PR specialist or some activist group. This is her personal story told in her own words, and a very special story it is. You'll also meet some of her worthy friends. Hurray for Chun, and may your dreams come true. Thanx for sharing. I refer readers to John Bowe's "Nobodies", where he discusses (also pages and interviews about labor conditions on Saipan) the so-called throw-away people in other industries needing cheap labor, whom are treated much the same disgraceful way as Chun, and some cases, worse.
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