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Factory Girls by Leslie T. Chang
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Aug 05, 2011

it was ok

this was not as informative as i thought it would be, since it was written by an american and not an insider, in fact half the book is about how difficult it is to get information or even interviews. however it probably would get a native in trouble to write about it from the inside, so perhaps this is all we can get? also the author decided to 'weave' in her own irrelevant 'history,' but she is not maxine hong kingston and so it became annoying, rambling and even less informative. the writing was also not terrific for the social subject, possibly because, as she mentioned many times, she wrote for the Wall St Journal so perhaps is not experienced at stories of this type (I haven't checked).

in fact where the book was most informative (it failed as a social tale by the writing and lack of insider-ness) was the business parts, which the author understood best and was able to convey simply. basically it was not at all what i was looking for but nonetheless i learned, mostly in the later part of the book, about some parts of business dealings in China. so, not as helpful about factories.

one thing it might do is hopefully stop people from buying factory made stuff. however no one gives a shit about the sex trade, for all that they recommend 'girl with the dragon tattoo' to all their friends, so probably this won't bother them either.

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