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Leslie Chang on China’s Factory Workers

+ Brandon Fuller

In her recent TED talk Leslie Chang, the author of Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China, discusses the lives of young women working in the factories of Dongguan, China.

I wonder what Karl Marx would have made of Min and her sisters. Their relationship with the product of their labor was more complicated, surprising and funny than he could have imagined. And yet, his view of the world persists, and our tendency to see the workers as faceless masses, to imagine that we can know what they’re really thinking.

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