Joe Rogel's Reviews > Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China

Factory Girls by Leslie T. Chang
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Dec 28, 11

Read in September, 2011

The world is full of growing economies, but to thrive a society requires those with fierce and deliberate minds- the dreamers with ambition, the fighters with a cause and the innovator who sees a cityscape where others see only shadows cast by clouds. In this vein of thought, China has been able to catapult itself forward by the entrance of women into the workforce- opening the way for additional intellectual capital and growth.

The rise of women migrant workers, however, is a tenuous one tempered in an environment of toxic patriarchy, questionable working conditions and deceptive con men that stunt the shift towards true and effective progress. Moreover, Chang brings to the forefront the role of gender in a changing China, showing how the "modernization" of China has brought with it the upheaval of traditional mind sets and ways of life in the more rural parts of China.

Final Thoughts:
Though I agree with some of the other readers who had mentioned the book ran a bit too long, it was still an engaging read. I would recommend it to those curious about the emerging roles of women in China's new economy or the lifestyle of China's migrant workers.

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