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Factory Girls by Leslie T. Chang
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Jan 09, 2011

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bookshelves: history, asia, non-fiction
Read from April 23 to 30, 2011

3 stars but at times 2 1/2. Parts were very interesting while other parts seemed repetitive. The author focuses on a couple of young women who leave the country areas of China, travel to the main cities and seek work in the factories there. Their stories are sad mostly, as they are at the mercy of unscrupulous employers. However they also live an unreal lifestyle - easily moving from one factory to the next (often just on the say so of a stranger) in the hope that conditions would be better elsewhere. They are vulnerable to all sorts of unfair practices and exploitation, even prostitution if they are not careful (altho none of the women in this book fall into that trap). Of course one character appealed to me more than the other, but that adds to the interest. A Chinese work colleague confirmed for me that what I am reading is absolutely correct. Recommended if you have an interest in China, it's current culture and the lifestyle choices its people will make in the hope of leaving one world behind them and embracing the new. Sadly the new isn't all it's made out to be.
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Laura i agree with some parts being very interesting while other parts were just more or less the same thing. I'm nearly finished but i find myself struggling to actually just finish it off. It is rather sad book as well and to think this is still happening.

Maggie Very sad, I had to remind myself at times that I was reading about events that are occurring right now, that as I sit in my room reading there are women out there going through these experiences. That made me more tolerant of the book's slow repetitive parts.

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