Leslie T. Chang

Leslie T. Chang

Author profile




About this author

Leslie T. Chang lived in China for a decade as a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, specializing in stories that explored how socioeconomic change is transforming institutions and individuals. She has also written for National Geographic. Factory Girls is her first book.

A graduate of Harvard University with a degree in American History and Literature, Chang has also worked as a journalist in the Czech Republic, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. She was raised outside New York City by immigrant parents who forced her to attend Saturday-morning Chinese school, for which she is now grateful.

She is married to Peter Hessler, who also writes about China. She lives in Colorado.

Average rating: 3.86 · 4,310 ratings · 657 reviews · 3 distinct works · Similar authors
Factory Girls: From Village...
3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 4,231 ratings — published 2008 — 28 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Beyond the Narrow Gate
3.19 of 5 stars 3.19 avg rating — 70 ratings — published 1999 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Things That No Longer Delig...
3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 2010
Rate this book
Clear rating

* Note: these are all the books on Goodreads for this author. To add more, click here.

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

“The past has been there all along, reminding us: This time--maybe, hopefully, against all odds, we will get it right.”
Leslie T. Chang

“A person cannot grow up through happiness. Happiness makes a person shallow. It is only through suffering that we grow up, transform, and come to a better understanding of life.”
Leslie T. Chang, Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China

“Workers were required to stay six months, and even then permission to quit was not always granted. The factory held the first two months of every worker's pay; leaving without approval meant losing that money and starting over somewhere else. That was a fact of factory life you couldn't know from the outside: Getting into a factory was easy. The hard part was getting out.”
Leslie T. Chang

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
Challenge: 50 Books: Qixochitl's 50 books. 28 122 Nov 26, 2010 10:20AM  
Similar books. 21 242 Dec 16, 2012 02:21PM  
CBC Books: Book Title Jumble 472 168 May 02, 2013 12:22PM  
Classics for Begi...: The Title Game 1482 427 Jul 27, 2014 12:53PM  
Around the World ...: Taiwan 12 283 Aug 19, 2014 07:37PM  
Around the World ...: China 42 434 Sep 01, 2014 07:38PM  
Aussie Readers: * What Are You Currently Reading? (doesn't have to be an Aussie book) 12838 2007 1 hour, 8 min ago  

Is this you? Let us know. If not, help out and invite Leslie to Goodreads.