Magazine article New Internationalist

Scattered Sand the Story of China's Rural Migrants

Magazine article New Internationalist

Scattered Sand the Story of China's Rural Migrants

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Scattered Sand The Story of China's Rural Migrants by Hsiao-Hung Pai (Verso, ISBN 978 1 84467886 0)

Each year, 200 million citizens from China's vast countryside travel between the nation's cities and provinces in search of employment - a quest that has become the largest migration in human history.

In this book, journalist HsiaoHung Pai dispels the myths that surround China's success story and gives voice to those who are really paying the price for the country's embrace of global capitalism.

She spent two years travelling across the country, interviewing hundreds of ordinary workers. They tell us what it is like to live in a land that has no minimum wage; where a common union strike is unconstitutional; and where six months' hard labour can result in no pay cheque.

We meet Peng, a 21-year-old man who goes to Beijing in search of work. …

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