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Links & Books


EyeSteelFilm: Last Train Home
The documentary's official site offers a lengthy trailer of the film and helps you find a screening of the film near you.

The Independent. "Two Billion Journeys in China's Own Great Migration"
Clifford Coonan details the harrowing 40-day migration of over 120 million migrant workers returning home to their families to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

BBC News. "The Second Industrial Revolution" (May 11, 2004.)
The expeditious industrial boom is underway in China as record numbers migrate from rural areas to cities. Read this article to find out what the future of China may look like.

Spirituality & Practice. "A Statement and Q&A with Lixin Fan" (October 2009)
Learn all about the director of Last Train Home from the man himself, Lixin Fan.

USA Today "New high-speed rail aids China's mass migration" (Feb. 2, 2011)
This article by Calum MacLeod focuses on the more effective transportation methods utilized during China's record breaking travel season.

The New York Times. "Defying Global Slump, China Has Labor Shortage" (February 26, 2010)
Due to a government stimulus program, China's rural workers are finding work in interior villages rather than returning to the Pearl River Delta factories in Guangzhou, China. In response to worker shortage, factories are shutting down production, driving up prices and inflation, which will ultimately affect prices of Chinese made goods imported to the United States.



The Story of Stuff
This website is filled with short videos that explain various aspects of how a consumer-based economy works.

United for a Fair Economy
Though this progressive social justice group focuses on the United States, its website includes many resources that explain how the economy works.

Foundation for Economic Education
The website of this libertarian-leaning organization includes resources that explain the value of a free market economy.

The Heritage Foundation
The website of this conservative think tank includes articles that tout the benefits of free market capitalism.

Trade with China

U.S. Census Bureau. "Trade with China"
This site provides U.S. government statistics on trade with China.

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
The website of the office responsible for creating and implementing U.S. trade policy summarizes current policies on trade with China.

Chinese Embassy
The website of China's U.S. Embassy includes information on Chinese economic development from the perspective of the Chinese government.

Globalization and Labour in China and India: Impacts and Responses. (Hampshire (UK): Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).
Globalization has pushed China and India to the center of the stage but what has been the impact on workers in these countries? This book, edited by Paul Bowles and John Harriss, analyzes this question and demonstrates the complexity of the processes and responses at play. Bringing together expert analyzes of both rural and urban areas, the book highlights the ways in which local and national policies as well as global actors have an impact on labor.

Made in China: Women Factory Workers in a Global Workplace. (Durham: Duke University Press Books, 2005).
Pun Ngai conducted ethnographic work at an electronics factory in southern China's Guangdong province, in the Shenzhen special economic zone where foreign-owned factories are proliferating.


BBC. "Country Profile: China"
This profile includes general information on China as well as links to current news stories. For additional general information see the CIA World Factbook.

Human Rights Watch
The most recent report from this human rights organization includes information on Chinese labor practices.

Huffington Post. "The China Superpower Hoax" (Feb. 10, 2011)
Steven Hill exposes the real China behind the econcomic and political powerhouse it has become around the world.

NPR. "As China's Stature Grows, Is it Superpower Or Not?" (Jan. 8, 2010)
Anthony Kuhn informs readers about the risks facing China as it replaces Japan as the world's second largest economy.

MSNBC. "Do the Chinese Believe China Is a Superpower?" (Jan. 19, 2011)
In this article Adrienne Mong gets the inside scoop from Chinese cizitens on whether or not they consider China to be a superpower.

Time. "Person of the Year 2009, Runners-Up: The Chinese Worker" (Dec. 16, 2009)
Austin Ramsy offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of the Chinese workers who are leading the world to economic recovery.

Forbes."Yes, China Has Fully Arrived as a Superpower" (Dec. 15, 2009)
While disputed by many, China has risen as a superpower according to Shaun Rein.