|China has a new problem: the global economic meltdown. There's less demand for Chinese exports, and as a result, tens of thousands of small and mid-size factories have closed down. Workers in those factories either return home to the countryside, or stay on in the cities, hoping to find other jobs.|
Author Leslie Chang wrote about migrant girls who leave their rural homes and flock to the factories in larger towns. Chang was born in America, but spent a decade in China, working as a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. In her book, Factory Girls, Chang tells the story of Min, a girl who worked in a factory making alarm clocks and calculators. She slept in a cramped dorm with 11 other workers and made about $50 a month. But Min wanted more.
Here's a passage from Leslie Chang's book, Factory Girls, read by reporter Meghan Vigeant.