Changs new book, Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China, delves into the impersonal, anthill world of Chinas factory towns, where thousands of rural migrants work long hours under sometimes feudal conditions. Centering on the experience of these workers, most of them young women far from their homes, Chang explores life in Dongguan, an industrial zone thirty miles by bus from Guangzhou, which she describes as a city built for machines, not people and a perverse expression of China at its most extreme. Remarkably, she tempers the contemporary story by setting it against the backdrop of her own family history. Heres to many more books from Leslie Chang.
Chang will discuss and sign copies of Factory Girls tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover, 2526 East Colfax Avenue; for information, log on to www.tatteredcover.com or call 303-322-7727.
Tue., Oct. 7, 2008