The Floating Population in China

 

Jolynna Sinanan spoke to Xinyuan Wang about her work with temporary, low-wage workers in Chinese factory towns, looking at, what she calls “the human face of Made in china”.

In this episode we speak about a particular form of migration: the so called “floating population” in China. My co-producer Jolynna Sinanan spoke to Xinyuan Wang about her work with temporary, low-wage workers in Chinese factory towns, looking at, what she calls “the human face of Made in china”.

As temporary workers responding to labour needs, this floating population travels light. Their smartphones are their most prized possessions and function as a gateway to participating in modern China, at least digitally.

Xinyuan Wang is Research Associate at UCL in London.
Jolynna Sinanan is Research Fellow in Digital Media and Ethnography at the University of Sydney.

Learn more about Xinyuan here: www.visualethnographyxy.co.uk/

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