This book is very nicely written, and is an absolutely fascinating description of the life and times of China's young women 'immigrants' (those who move from their countryside Chinese towns to work in the cities) today. The author is an American-Chinese journalist and part of the story is about her finding her own family roots, which is an equally interesting parallel story. I simply had no idea that the young factory workers in China today are able, and indeed very keen to 'job-hop' in order to climb the middle class ladder, and this is a well established trend in the factory cities. Also, young Chinese women from the countryside are an enourmous financial support to their families back home in a way that would have been inconceivable a few decades ago. Eerily, the adventures of these women seemed to contain echos from the US past, for example when large numbers of the population moved across the country during and after the Great Depression, and I cannot help thinking that the ramifications will continue across Chinese society for many more years. With such a long and weighty history, China is endlessly absorbing, and from the moment I turned the last page, I wanted to read more about this extraordinary country and its people.
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this way of life is what western users of chinese goods don't have much idea of. how chinese people are so stoic and hard working. deprivation in so may levels of their lives is hard for us soft westerners to comprehend. living in cramped, unsanitary public conditions must be soul destroying. this story gives one the low down on a very very different way of life and how it is led.