hedgehog对《Factory Girls》的笔记(10)

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Factory Girls
  • 书名: Factory Girls
  • 作者: Leslie T. Chang
  • 副标题: From Village to City in a Changing China
  • 页数: 432
  • 出版社: Spiegel & Grau
  • 出版年: 2008-10-7
  • 第55页
    The stories of migrant women shared certain features. The arrival in the city was blurry and confused and often involved being tricked in some way. Young women often said they had gone out alone, though in fact they usually traveled with others; they just felt alone. They quickly forgot the names of factories, but certain dates were branded in their minds, like the day they left home or quit a bad factory forever. What a factory actually made was never important; what mattered was the hardship or opportunity that came with working there. The turning point in a migrant's fortunes always came when she challenged her boss. At the moment she risked everything, she emerged from the crowd and forced the world to see her as an individual.
    引自第55页
    2012-10-29 02:48:58 回应
  • 第83页
    If they were going to split up, the girlfriend demanded ten thousand yuan in compensation for the seven years she had spent with him. That was a breakup, Dongguan style: Emotional hurt gave way to financial calculation, and everyone in the factory knew every last detail.
    引自第83页
    2012-10-31 04:01:48 3回应
  • 第97页
    Popular culture also felt their (migrants behind the Chinese mobile phone market) negative impact: The quality of Chinese pop music had deteriorated in recent years, I was also told, because migrants chose the least sophisticated songs for the ring tones of their phones.
    引自第97页
    2012-11-01 04:53:14 回应
  • 第167页
    But Chinese immigrants are different: No matter what terrible things happened to their familites in China, they go back, on whatever terms the government allows. This is in part the pragmatism that runs so deep that it excuses the past, but it is more than that. China to them is not a political system or a group of leaders, but something bigger that they carry inside themselves, the memory of a place that no longer existss in the world. China calls them home - with the weight of its tradition, the richness of its language, with its five thounsand years of history that sometimes seems to be one repeating cycle of tragedy and suffering. The pull of China is strong, which is why I resisted it for so long.
    引自第167页
    2012-11-09 03:38:43 回应
  • 第190页
    Chinese people at bad at dealing with strangers; if someone doesn't fit into their known universe of family, classmates, or colleagues, the usual response is to ignore him. My Chinese friends in Beijing were hopeless at parties - they stuck with whatever group they came with, locked into position like a squadron of fighter planes flying into combat in the one formation they knew.
    引自第190页
    2012-11-10 04:21:16 回应
  • 第276页
    Nobody on earth generate trash faster than the traveling Chinese
    引自第276页
    2012-11-17 03:51:10 回应
  • 第287页
    In the bus to the city, she and Min discussed hair-coloring tips and sang along to the pop songs on Min's MP3 player. Min's aunt knew all the words The thirty-six strategies of love Are like a game I want the remote control of myself The thirty-six strategies of love You must maintain your charm In order to score and not be called out.
    引自第287页

    Jolin 莫名中枪

    2012-11-20 03:21:26 回应
  • 第293页
    The Chinese countryside is not relaxing. It is a place of constant socialiizing and negotiation, a conversation that has been going on for a long time and will continue after you are gone. Spending time in Min's village, I understook why migrants felt so alone when they first went ot the city. But I also saw how they came to value the freedom they found there, until at last they were unable to live without it.
    引自第293页
    2012-11-20 03:39:24 回应
  • 第332页
    Until I met Zhang Hong, it was possible to imagine him as a hero. In a world where almost everyone chose silence and forgeting, he dared to stand up and speak out. Throughout Chinese history, there had been such people -- private historians, writing their own accounts of events when the official version fell short. Zhang Hong believed in the importance of his story, and he told it to anyone who would listen.
    引自第332页
    In the factory towns of the south, I was meeting young women and watching them learn how to be individuals. They found jobs; they confronted bosses; they tried to learn new skills. Mostly they came to believe that they mattered, despite their humble origins. Do not feel inferior because we are ordinary migrant worker.
    引自第332页
    2012-11-22 04:14:52 回应
  • 第340页
    Another day she told me a friend's brother had scored well on the city's civil service exam. I asked her what kind of person aspired to be an official. "The big bosses need the help of offcials with the right connection," she explained: "And the officials work together with the companies. It's a form of cooperation. So deciding to be a government official is just another way to go into business." She didn't mention job security, or prestige, or the desire to serve one's country: Being an official was just an alternate route to the market economy. It was the best explanation I ever heard of why anyone in China entered government service.
    引自第340页
    2012-11-23 04:37:41 回应

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