Friday, April 22, 2011

Friday, April 15, 2011

Factory Girls

My friend Maggie suggested reading Leslie Chang and Peter Hessler while I'm visiting China- so I started with Factory Girls. I love literary non fiction- and what Chang does in this book is to only shed light on migrant women workers here in china, but she also reveals her own journey into the history of her family here too. Some have given critiques of this- but I think it works quite well in her book!

It definitely shines a light on the factories and the hardship of life, but her book works to do something else, to give these women voices and to hear their stories about migration. It is really quite interesting and of course thought provoking.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Shanghai Girls

I finished Shanghai Girls on the plane ride to China. It's my second Lisa See book. I read her memoir a few years ago and enjoyed hearing about her family's story. This novel is also quite a story- set between Shanghai and Los Angeles- in the 30's/40s. Historical and gripping. I definitely was able to predict many of the outcomes- but it was an enjoyable read.

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