Chapter 71: Migrant Workers in Our Staircase | Speaking of China

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  1. Crystal
    Crystal June 2, 2010 at 5:00 pm | | Reply

    I currently reside in Israel and here are many Chinese foreign workers – most of them being males working in constructions.
    Their situation is the worst among all other foreign workers here 🙁 , but they still come and are ready to pay big money to local “dealers” in China in order to get a ticket and work permission abroad.
    .-= Crystal´s last blog ..How Educated Chinese Girls Become “Leftovers”? =-.

  2. George
    George June 3, 2010 at 9:38 pm | | Reply

    Many Chinese, especially people I ran into in Suzhou last week have an interesting view of the world…if you look Indian, you are Inturen…could be Mexican, Peruvian or Colombina…but if you look dark and have what they consider “South Asian features” you are an Inturen. If it is an Indian married to an East Asian, you must be a Singaporean…they tell me that nothing inhibits Singaporeans. If you are a white married to an Asian, you must be a Meigoren (American). If you are an all-white couple, you must be Bairen (just plain white).

  3. Justin Liu
    Justin Liu June 3, 2010 at 9:57 pm | | Reply

    Things like this can put our own lives into perspective I find. Hope may be on the way with talks of migrant worker status reform. These are being tested in ChongQing but I’m sure they will find their way to Shanghai eventually.

  4. Chris
    Chris June 20, 2010 at 10:56 pm | | Reply

    Forget all the fancy cars, gucci handbags, beauty salons and grand shopping malls. Seriously, screw that shit because that’s nothing more than a pretty face. That’s not the real China.

    These people are the heart and soul of China. These people work their butts off at ridiculously low wages not only to keep China running, but to make products for the world. The economic miracle of modern China (“Made in China”) lies on the backs of these dusty, sweaty, oily guys who get to see their families only a week or two per year. Some of them are too poor to have a family.

    I’ve sat with and talked to these kind of guys and they’re the most honest, hearty, down-to-earth bunch I’ve met during my visit to China. Urban centers are like the Wild Wild West for these dudes. They have no money for healthcare and no time for personal hygiene. It’s saddening to see while the homeless wanderers on the streets of America are by choice, while the homeless wanderers on the streets of China work much harder than your average American.

    To me, this is the real China. These guys represent MY China.

  5. 老马
    老马 June 23, 2010 at 2:15 am | | Reply


  6. Chris
    Chris June 23, 2010 at 2:35 am | | Reply


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