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Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Leslie T. Chang
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7. Oktober 2008

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

China has 130 million migrant workers—the largest migration in human history. In Factory Girls, Leslie T. Chang, a former correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Beijing, tells the story of these workers primarily through the lives of two young women, whom she follows over the course of three years as they attempt to rise from the assembly lines of Dongguan, an industrial city in China’s Pearl River Delta.

As she tracks their lives, Chang paints a never-before-seen picture of migrant life—a world where nearly everyone is under thirty; where you can lose your boyfriend and your friends with the loss of a mobile phone; where a few computer or English lessons can catapult you into a completely different social class. Chang takes us inside a sneaker factory so large that it has its own hospital, movie theater, and fire department; to posh karaoke bars that are fronts for prostitution; to makeshift English classes where students shave their heads in monklike devotion and sit day after day in front of machines watching English words flash by; and back to a farming village for the Chinese New Year, revealing the poverty and idleness of rural life that drive young girls to leave home in the first place. Throughout this riveting portrait, Chang also interweaves the story of her own family’s migrations, within China and to the West, providing historical and personal frames of reference for her investigation.

A book of global significance that provides new insight into China, Factory Girls demonstrates how the mass movement from rural villages to cities is remaking individual lives and transforming Chinese society, much as immigration to America’s shores remade our own country a century ago.

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 432 Seiten
  • Verlag: Spiegel & Grau (7. Oktober 2008)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0385520174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385520171
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 3,8 x 16,3 x 25,6 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 665.837 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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“Engrossing. . . an exceptionally vivid and compassionate depiction of the day-to-day dramas, and the fears and aspirations, of the real people who are powering China’s economic boom.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Chang delves deeply into the world of migrant workers to find out who these people are and what their collective dislocation means for China. Chang skillfully sketches migrants as individuals with their own small victories and bitter tragedies, and she captures the surprising dynamics of this enormous but ill-understood subculture.”
The Washington Post

“Chang’s deeply affecting book tells the story of the invisible foot soldiers who made China’s stirring rise possible.”
The New York Times

“This is an irresistible book.”–People

Chicago Tribune

“Fascinating. . . Chang powerfully conveys the individual reality behind China’s 130 million migrant workers, the largest migration in human history.”
The Boston Globe

“Chang reveals a world staggering in its dimensions, unprecedented in its topsy-turvy effects on China’s conservative culture, and frenetic in its pace. . . Chang deftly weaves her own family’s story of migrations within China, and finally to the West, into her fascinating portrait. . . Factory Girls is a keen-eyed look at contemporary Chinese life composed of equal parts of new global realties, timeless stories of human striving, and intelligent storytelling at its best.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Both entertaining and poignant. . . Chang’s fine prose and her keen sense of detail more than compensate for the occasional digression, and her book is an intimate portrait of a strange and hidden landscape.”
The New Yorker

“A compelling, atmospheric look at seldom-seen China.”

“Chang, a journalist at the Wall Street Journal, spent two years reporting in the gritty southern boomtown of Dongguan trying to put human faces on these workers, and the ones she finds are extraordinary. They are, more than anything else, the face of modern China: a country increasingly turning away from its rural roots and turbulent past and embracing a promising but uncertain future. . . The painstaking work Chang put into befriending these girls and drawing out their stories is evident, as is the genuine affection she has for them and their spirit.”

“In her impressive new book, Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China, former Wall Street Journal reporter Leslie T. Chang explores this boom that's simultaneously emptying China's villages of young people and fueling its economic growth. . . To be sure, this mass migration is a big and well-told story. But Chang brings to it a personal touch: her own forebears were migrants, and she skillfully weaves through the narrative tales of their border crossings. She also succeeds in grounding the trend in wider social context, suggesting that the aspirations of these factory girls signal a growing individualism in China's socialist culture.”

“Elegant. . . Chang is less interested in exposé than in getting to know the young women of Dongguan’s assembly lines. Factory Girls reveals the workplace through the workers’ eyes.”
Financial Times

“A real coup. . . Chang, a former Beijing correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, does more than describe harsh factory conditions. She writes about the way the workers themselves see migration, bringing us views that are rarely heard. Factory Girls is highly readable and even amusing in many places, despite the seriousness of the subject. In the pages of this book, these factory girls come to life.”
Christian Science Monitor

“Amazing. . . a fascinating ethnography of the young women who labor in the factories of Guangdong, China’s richest province, a land of boomtowns where wealth and scams and exploitation and warmth and courage all abound. . . I must have read fifty books about China this year, but this stands out as one of the best.”

“A gifted storyteller, Chang crafts a work of universal relevance.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“In-depth reporting [that] contributes significantly to our knowledge about China’s development.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Rising head and shoulders above almost all other new books about China, this unflinching and yearningly compassionate portrait of the lives and loves of ordinary Chinese workers is quite unforgettable: it presents the first long, hard look we have ever taken at the people who are due to become, before very much longer, the new masters of the world.”
–Simon Winchester, author of The Man Who Loved China

“Often people ask me, ‘What’s it like for women in China today?’ From now on I'll recommend Leslie Chang’s Factory Girls, which is brilliant, thoughtful, and insightful.  This book is also for anyone who's ever wondered how their sneakers, Christmas ornaments, toys, designer clothes, or computers are made.  The stories of these factory girls are not only mesmerizing, tragic, and inspiring -- true examples of persistence, endurance, and loneliness -- but Chang has also woven in her own family’s history, shuttling north and south through China to examine this complicated country’s past, present, and future.”
–Lisa See, author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Leslie T. Chang lived in China for a decade as a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. She is married to Peter Hessler, who also writes about China. She lives in Colorado.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Factory Girls von Leslie T. Chang 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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5.0 von 5 Sternen A quick read not to be missed 23. Dezember 2010
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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.
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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.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book, which opens the door in an unknown world 23. November 2010
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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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Informativ und anrührend 7. April 2009
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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.
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