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Scattered Sand : The Story of China's Rural Migrants: Pai, Hsiao-hung/ Benton, Gregor (FRW): BOOKS KINOKUNIYA
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Scattered Sand : The Story of China's Rural Migrants
Scattered Sand : The Story of China's Rural Migrants
Publisher : Verso Books
Published Date : 2012/08
Binding : Hardcover
ISBN : 9781844678860

BookWeb Price : MYR 113.44
Kinokuniya Privilege Card member price : MYR 102.09

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Language : English

Book Description
Source: ENG
Academic Descriptors: A30203056 A46305054
Place of Publication: Great Britain
Academic Level: Extracurricular
Review:
Publishers Weekly Starred Reviews (And Ongoing)
Kirkus Reviews 2012 June #2
Baker & Taylor Forecast - June 2012
Baker & Taylor Forecast - August 2012
Choice Reviews 2013 April
Table of Contents
 
Foreword                                           ix
          Gregor Benton
Introduction                                       1  (14)
    1 Exodus: Northeast Youth Head for the City    15 (26)
    2 Earthquakes in Bohemia: Life and Death in    41 (32)
    Sichuan
    3 Dust and Heat: Black Mines in the Yellow     73 (31)
    River Region
    4 The Dark Kilns: Brickmaking in the North     104(25)
    5 `Bad Elements': The Uprooted and the         129(35)
    Permanently Impoverished in Shandong
    6 The Factory of the World: Recession in       164(43)
    Guangdong
    7 In the Shadows of Olympians: Unorganized     207(16)
    Workers in Beijing
    8 Go West! The Migration Industry in Rural     223(59)
    Fujian
Epilogue: Trouble on the New Frontier - Ethnic     282(11)
Tensions in Xinjiang
Acknowledgements                                   293(2)
Further Reading                                    295(3)
Notes                                              298
 

Each year, 200 million workers from China's vast rural interior travel between cities and regions in search of employment: the largest human migration in history. This indispensable army of labor contributes half of China's GDP, but is an unorganized workforce - "scattered sand" - and the most marginalized and impoverished group of workers in the country. For two years, the award-winning journalist Hsiao-Hung Pai traveled across China to uncover the exploitation of workers at locations as diverse as Olympic construction sites and brick kilns in the Yellow River region, the factories of the Pearl River Delta and the suicide-ridden Foxconn complex. She witnessed AIDS-afflicted families and towns; recorded acts of labor militancy; and was reunited with long-lost relatives, estranged since her mother's family fled for Taiwan during the Civil War. What she finds is a peasantry expected to sacrifice itself for the sake of national glory - just as it was under Mao.