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am 2. September 2009
I am a Chinese migration researcher at the University of Leipzig. I am writing my PhD dissertation on Chinese Migration to Africa (East Africa). I wanted to inform myself on migration in China and there is no better book I have come across than Factory Girls. It is filled with so many details regarding the lives of Chinese migrants in China and of course specifically Chinese Factory girls. The author travels with the factory girls, follows them all over, talks to them, gets to know their families and friends. She takes you through their lives. Leslie followed their lives for over three years and she writes about their experiences, thoughts and dreams very very well. Of course the great part of this book is Leslie's idea to follow only a few migrants and to tell the story with specifics and real-life events. Leslie will even tell you the exact time including minutes, when the migrants leave a destination and when they arrive. She will tell you what they eat in the trains and take you through the troubles and anxieties of getting a train ticket. She will take you through the boyfriend-girlfriend relations in China and what the families think of it...this book is definetely one of the best books I have personally come across while researching on china and I will shortly include in my best books-reading list on chinesemigration.com.
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am 23. Dezember 2010
I'm a PhD candidate in modern Chinese history and I read this book soon after writing an exam statement about urban/rural differences under socialism (focusing on the Maoist period). This is not a historical book by any means, but it is by far one of the most interesting and perceptive books about post-socialist China in the late 1990s-early 2000s. Aside from the entertaining stories and fluid narrative style that make it a quick few hours or days of reading (A++! I did not want to put this book down), it also provides an entry point into the post-economic reform period that few historians, anthropologists, and other scholars have been able to enter or cover thus far. For example, many scholars still lump 1980s-present as economic reforms and post-economic reforms, with lots of book coming out that generalize rural migrant experiences from rural to urban areas. What Chang shows, in fact, is that migrant experiences are always in motion, changing, diversifying, just as quickly as the cities themselves: rural migrants in the early 1990s may have been mostly young women who moved to the cities/factory towns to make money and go back home, but Chang finds that a decade (or less?) later, many women have no intention of every returning to their natal village permanently! Largely a result of urban lifestyle changes (mostly personal consumption habits), this book also offers a closer look into the ways in which the fast-paced living have affected personal relationships among people - friendships, business relationships, and the search for a life partner.
If I were going to compare this to other books (such as the fabulous ones written by Chang's partner, Peter Hessler), she has at least one big advantage. As a Chinese-American woman she "blends in" while doing her fieldwork (a.k.a. hanging out with the factory girls and at least superficially "looking" quite ordinary to most of the people she encounters). As such she not only gets access to people's personal lives but she gets into facilities and places a non-Chinese-looking person would rarely be allowed to see. On top of that, she gets invited back to rural villages by some of the factory girls, where she meets locals and their families, ETC. In fact, only when she swears in English to a bus driver does she blow her cover!
I plan to assign this book to future classes of students because I think the stories are interesting and highlight some valid points and problems in post-socialist, fast-changing society that could open up discussion, but also because the narrative style will be welcomed by students as it is free of jargon and challenging vocabulary, allowing a light read that will not put them to sleep.
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am 17. Mai 2014
Factory Girls: Jeder, der sich in Deutschland billige Schuhe oder billige Kleidung kauft, sollte zuerst dieses Buch lesen und überlegen, ob er zu den Ausbeuterbedingungen, unter denen die chinesischen Arbeiterinnen und Arbeiter produzieren, durch seinen Kauf beitragen möchte. Die Handelsketten, die unter menschenunwürdigen Bedingungen ihre MitarbeiterInnen ausbeuten, sind bekannt. Boykottieren Sie sie!!!
Gleiches Buch ist in den Niederlanden unter dem Titel: Fabrieksmeijses erschienen.
am 23. November 2010
This book really gives an insight into an unknown China for the European world. It is quite easy to read, also for none-native english people.
In every chapter you are astonished about this live of young Chinese. it gives a deep insight into the feelings, the problems, the thinking and the difficult situation of the huge amount of young people.
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am 7. April 2009
Die gewaltige Migrationswelle von den chinesischen Dörfern in die neu gewachsenen Industriestädte wie Dongguan übertrifft zahlenmäßig weit die gesamte Migration über Jahrhunderte in die USA. Ob Notebook, Mobiltelefon oder Flachbildschirm, niemand auf der Welt ist von den Auswirkungen unberührt. Die Darstellung der jungen Mädchen, die sich mit kaum mehr als ihrem Mobiltelefon durch ein hartes Leben springen, stets den etwas einträglicheren Job und das Lebensglück suchend, berührt tief. Ihre Unabhängigkeit und Individualität ist umso höher einzustufen als sie aus dörflichen Strukturen stammen, die nur als mittelalterlich und auf die Unterdrückung aller Frauen angelegt beschrieben werden können.
Dass eine Vielzahl von Scharlatanen mit Pseudo-Englisch-Kursen und Pyramidenspielen auf die Mädchen lauern, stellte die Autorin vor ein ethisches Dilemma, dass sie nie erwähnte.Hilfreiche Warnungen zu geben, schien der Autorin nicht in den Sinn zu kommen. Dass diese vielen Hundert Millionen nie wieder in die Dörfer zurückkehren werden, wird nicht ohe Folgen bleiben.