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Chicken Feathers & Garlic Skin: Diary of a Chinese Garment Factory Girl on Saipan (English Edition) von [Wang, Chun Yu, Goodridge, Walt F.J.]
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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.

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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.


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  • Verlag: The Passion Profit Company (18. November 2011)
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  • Sprache: Englisch
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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.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting glimpse into a different world 23. März 2014
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We all live different lives.

From the girl living two blocks away to someone on the other side of the world, the lives we lead are so different from one another that it often makes
for a compelling tale.

Chicken Feathers and Garlic Skin is the diary of a Chinese garment factory worker living in Saipan. Chun Yu Wang goes there to make money for her family, leaving behind a husband she doesn’t love and a 2-year-old child.

The book was translated from Mandarin to English, so I am sure there were a number of things that could have been lost in translation, but one of my favorite parts were all the Chinese idioms Wang revealed throughout the book.

Her story is intriguing as she explains living in a barracks filled with bugs and rats, sharing a room with eight other women, dealing with natural disasters such as a tsunami and a typhoon. If she got out of work late, she would have to wait on line to take a shower that could sometimes take hours to filter through.

The garment factory wasn’t what she expected with corruption and favoritism rampant no matter where she worked, and the bosses trying to do everything to prevent women from going to the hospital when they were ill. However, she dealt with it because she needed the money, but it seemed she also needed to feel as though she had control of her life. While living in China she married for the wrong reasons and felt she couldn’t leave. But in Saipan, she could be whomever she wanted.

Despite being called a diary, it seemed as though her feelings were still just on the surface, which is what prevented me from giving this book five stars. This didn’t read as a diary one would write for themselves with depth of feelings that you couldn’t tell others, but as though she knew someone would eventually read it, and she didn’t want to reveal the full scope of her emotions including her failures in and outside of the factory.

It is still well worth the read with a glimpse into another world, another life.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
5.0 von 5 Sternen Exposing Life in Factories 17. März 2014
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Garlic Skin and Chicken Feathers offers an interesting look into life at the garment factories on Saipan. It gives clear insight into why these factories have been labeled sweatshops and the ways they exploit their workers, but it also provides a look into why people, especially women, take these jobs and what they have to gain. Chun Yu Wang’s story is well told, forming a cohesive narrative while still reading as a real story of someone’s life. The reader, I feel, can really to connect to Chun Yu and the journey that she takes as she works in Saipan.
Though I was assigned to read this book for a course on gender studies and globalization I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to expand their worldview or have a strong opinion on sweatshops. This book gives insight into both the negative and positive aspects of factory work, exposing it for what it is – or what it was for Chun Yu and to some extent the people she encountered. I would also recommend this book for use in courses on globalization, as either required or supplemental reading. It provides good information to help understand how living in a global world is affecting people outside of the Western bubble in which we live.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Book Review- an true eye opener 3. März 2013
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I truly enjoyed reading this book for it's inside glimpse into the life of factory workers living in the harshest of conditions. The author did a great job of painting the picture for her readers with her vivid descriptions and her ability to tell it all without leaving details behind. Aside from this being an assigned reading for our class, I would definitely recommend this book to friends and family who may have interest in global issues such as these. The boo give us a look into the inhospitable living conditions that these woman faced for years (all in silence and distance from any media attention.) Gender I believe played a huge role in the troubles of the characters we followed. These are woman living in poverty-stricken villages with only themselves to rely on. In order to help themselves and their struggling families, they must sacrifice their own happiness for better opportunities for their family ties. The woman plays a strong yet submissive role in the book. At times we view these females matriarchs fighting to give their families a better life...other times we see them as the example of a sacrificial family member who is expected to give up her own happiness. There are strong racial symbols that the American reader may not have an acquaintance to. For example, the competitive nature within their workforce, the codes females are expected to abide by and the cultural formalities about superiors is well portrayed in the book. We see how these racial characteristics sometimes paralyze people's lives and at other times add color to them. Seeing globalization from the perspective of a smaller party looking up at the grand system is overwhelming and one can't help but feel out of control in this system. They are damned if they join the forces of globalization (in this case pack up and move to a factory city), and damned if they don't (be poor, live a harder life.) We see that the individual people who turn the wheels of globalization are often crushed by that same wheel and no one seems to notice/care enough to change that.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Great Eye Opener 16. März 2014
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This was not my first time reading this book, I have now read it twice for women studies class and each time as a reader you get pulled into Chun Yu's story and the many problems she overcame. As a reader we got to travel and go on this journey that many have done before, leaving behind family, friends and work in hopes of achieving a better life. Throughout the book we see how women did not want to depend on one another for help because they had all left their homelands for the same purpose to earn more money, but slowly realizing it was easier to not be alone we watch the characters slowly start to seek help from one another. I would recommend this book to fellow readers because while I typically am not a huge fan of stories like this it is inspirational and truly shows ways in which the world has and has not changed for many around he world. And how many times we do not even notice what is going on beyond our own bubbles. This is a great read to expand that bubble and open yours eyes to how people in other parts of the world make a living.
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