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About the Author: Hsiao-Hung Pai

Hsiao-Hung Pai (b. Taipei, Taiwan, 1968) is a writer on migrant labour issues best known for her book Chinese Whispers: The True Story Behind Britain's Hidden Army of Labour.

Pai has lived in the UK since 1991, and holds masters' degrees from the University of Wales, University of Durham and the University of Westminster. She holds a bachelor's degree from Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei County.

She first started writing for Chinese publications and later for the Guardian, specialising in stories about the Chinese community. She covered the Morecambe cockle picking tragedy for The Guardian and in order to understand the plight of other Chinese migrants, she went undercover, and is the only journalist working in Britain who has truly penetrated the world of undocumented Chinese migrants.

Hsiao-Hung now works as a freelance journalist, writing for the Guardian, the New Statesman, and others. Nick Broomfield’s recent film Ghosts was based on her work. Chinese Whispers is her first book. Hsiao-Hung lives in London with her partner.

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The Story of China's Rural Migrants by

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Hardcover, Published in Aug 2012 by Verso

ISBN10: 1844678865 | ISBN13: 9781844678860

Page count: 316

Each year, 200 million workers from China 's vast rural interior travel between cities and regions in search of employment: the largest human migration in history. This indispensable army of labor contributes half of China 's GDP, but is an unorganized workforce scattered sand and the most marginalized and impoverished group of workers in the country.

For two years, the award-winning journalist Hsiao-Hung Pai traveled across China to uncover the exploitation of workers at locations as diverse as Olympic construction sites and brick kilns in the Yellow River region, the factories of the Pearl River Delta and the suicide-ridden Foxconn complex. She witnessed AIDS-afflicted families and towns; recorded acts of labor militancy; and was reunited with long-lost relatives, estranged since her mother 's family fled for Taiwan during the Civil War. What she finds is a peasantry expected to sacrifice itself for the sake of national glory just as it was under Mao.

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