Scattered Sand: The Story of China's Rural Migrants (Paperback)
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Scattered Sand: The Story of China's Rural Migrants (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 27/06/2013
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Each year, 200 million workers from China's vast rural interior travel between cities and provinces in search of employment: the largest human migration in history. This indispensable army of labor accounts for half of China's GDP, but is an unorganized workforce - "scattered sand," in Chinese parlance - 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 visiting laborers on Olympic construction sites, in the coal mines and brick kilns of the Yellow River region, and at the factories of the Pearl River Delta. She witnessed the outcome of the 2009 riots in the Muslim province of xinjiang; saw towns in rubble more than a year after the colossal earthquake in Sichuan; and was reunited with long- lost relatives, estranged since her mother's family fled for Taiwan during the Civil War. Scattered Sand is the result of her travels: a finely wrought portrait of those left behind by China's dramatic social and economic advances.

Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 9781781680902
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 210 x 140 x 25 mm
Edition: 2nd Revised edition


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"Hsiao-Hung Pai's intrepid journalism is one of the most revealing guides to contemporary China." Pankaj Mishra, author of From the Ruins of Empire "Scattered Sand captures the sadness, resilience and anger of China's millions of internal and international migrants. This illuminating book effortlessly interweaves individual voices, rarely heard by English-speaking audiences, with the history, politics and economics that shape migrants' stories and their choices." Bridget Anderson, author of Doing the Dirty Work: The Global Politics of Domestic Labour "Hsiao-Hung Pai brings her knowledge of China's history to this detailed examination of the plight of the millions of peasants searching for work in China's booming cities and, failing that, in other countries ... A grim but keen view of the dark underside of China's prosperity." Kirkus Reviews

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