Scattered Sand: The Story of China's Rural Migrants

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Scattered Sand The Story of China s Rural Migrants Each year 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 contri
  • Title: Scattered Sand: The Story of China's Rural Migrants
  • Author: Hsiao-Hung Pai Gregor Benton
  • ISBN: 9781844678860
  • Page: 353
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 awaEach 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.
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      Published :2019-08-23T14:48:51+00:00

    937 Comment

    The immigrant debate in the developed countries of the global north often seems dominated by the view that the system is cluttered up with chancers and freeloaders looking for an easy life in countries far away It helps maintain the tone of moral superiority of those judging the people they regard as feckless migrants, clearing the way for them all to be dealt with pre emptively arrested detained, and deported.Pai s book isn t directly concerned with the task of challenging these sorts of ideas, [...]

    incredible on every level beautiful writing, incredibly brave reporting, deep compassion and neverending help and outreach, and most uniquely, the single best explanation of how our current global economic system came about how China made itself rich using these people, their migration and systematic exploitation, above all by the state itself and changed world trade This is how China has the money to recolonize Africa from the east, for instance, and grab the whole of south east asia s seas as [...]

    The story is a unique one since the author is of Chinese descent and can relate to the locals with ease She carefully pieces together their hardships and challenges while also describing the geopolitical issues as the backdrop to every story I particularly enjoyed how bold the author was in venturing into not so safe areas to interview migrants to hear their stories, which can be very uncomfortable and difficult to read about since desperation and survival at all costs are pervasive Good read an [...]

    Content and ideas very worthwhile, engaging, and informative worth four stars bumped down to three for the book as a whole because I didn t find the writing style as engaging or satisfying as I d hoped Definitely worth a read though if you re interested in China s migrant issues.

    This story needs to be told It is horrifying and filled with despair and current I believe that the writing, however, is too complicated in making the case for change I recognize events and conditions because I was in China as they prepared for the Olympic bid But without any background upon which to build, a reader gets lost in the historical statistics and long winded details The time spent telling true events of individual people was well spent, but the stories are too few and hidden in the r [...]

    It was interesting enough, but half the book was just quoting numbers I wanted it to get personal, into the whole business and hardship of migration It did, but not enough There was way too much town history and numbers So many numbers It just left me a bit cold.

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