Sherb Talk: “Factory Girls: Reporting Among the Working Women of China and Egypt”

In Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China, former Wall Street Journal Beijing correspondent and first-generation Chinese-American Leslie T. Chang tells the story of these workers who labor countless hours to provide us with the material goods we take for granted.

Leslie T. Chang has spent more than a decade reporting among female factory workers--first in China, where she traced the stories of young women trying to rise from the assembly lines of Dongguan, and most recently in Egypt, where she explored the lives of garment-factory workers. Chang will talk about the cultural, historical, religious, and economic factors that shape these women’s lives in such fundamentally different ways, along with the universality of their struggles for stability, fulfillment, and happiness.

Leslie T. Chang lived in China for a decade as a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, specializing in stories that explored how socioeconomic change is transforming institutions and individuals. She has also written for The New Yorker, National Geographic, and Condé Nast Traveler. Factory Girls is her first book.

A graduate of Harvard University with a degree in American History and Literature, Chang has also worked as a journalist in the Czech Republic, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. She was raised outside New York City by immigrant parents who forced her to attend Saturday-morning Chinese school, for which she is now grateful.

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