A Floating City of Peasants by Floris-jan Van Luyn
The Great Migration in Contemporary China

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A journalist's riveting, eyewitness account of the unprecedented movement of 120 million peasants from rural China to its cities, told from the migrants' point of view.

"Floris-Jan van Luyn brings China to life by listening to the people, whose voices would otherwise have gone unheard. Here are stories, not of high politics, but of life as it is led by most Chinese. This is reportage at its best."—Ian Buruma, author of Bad Elements: Chinese Rebels From Los Angeles To Beijing

The largest human migration in history is taking place in China today—incredibly, off the radar of the world's major media. Since the 1990s, at least 120 million Chinese peasants have left the countryside for big cities to work in factories, on construction sites, in catering and prostitution—typically without even the most basic rights or protections.

In A Floating City of Peasants, Floris-Jan van Luyn—who spent six years reporting from China for a daily newspaper—relates the remarkable tales of migrant workers who have helped fuel the explosive growth of the People's Republic. In a series of a dozen remarkably intimate portraits illuminated by wide-ranging reporting, we meet Xiao Li, a prostitute, who sends her little girl to the best school in Chongqing; Chunming who stole money from his parents to pay for the long trip to Beijing and found work on a garbage dump; Lüsong, who campaigned for a village school and against corrupt government employees and, as a result, was tortured almost to death; and others with equally gripping stories. Revealing the dark side of the Chinese economic miracle in words and striking pictures, this book documents an historic turning point in the life of the modern world.

About Floris-jan Van Luyn

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
Published February 1, 2008 by New Press, The. 219 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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China's economic boom is largely powered by migrant workers, peasants who have moved to the cities in the largest migration in human history.

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