Light and shadow of an inarticulate age : reflections on China's reform

Ngai PUN, Matthew A. HALE

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)peer-review


This tribute to the resilience of China's migrant workers is by an academic who lived and worked among them in Shenzhen for seven months, sharing their screams and dreams. It touchingly portrays the plight of young migrant workers, many of them women, who have been caught in the grip of capital's unscrupulous willingness to sacrifice anything in the pursuit of profit. Their efforts to organise themselves have been at best a partial success.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-76
Number of pages7
JournalEconomic and Political Weekly
Issue number52
Publication statusPublished - 27 Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Abridged translation of “Shiyu niandai de guang yu ying” (Open Times, Kaifang shidai).


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