Leslie Chang's book goes beyond the headlines to discover the personalities and aspirations of dozens of young women who are employed in mega-factories, the predominant demographic of the millions seeking work in the booming cities that have sprung up in China. Her book was selected for the Class of 2016 First-Year Read Program. It was named a New York Times Notable Book and recognized as one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Seattle Times, Time and BusinessWeek. It also received the PEN USA Literary Award for Research Nonfiction and the Asian American Literary Award for nonfiction.
The event is part of the First-year Reads Program at Hood and the Hanson Lecture Series, made possible through the Robert D. and Barbara Esmer Hanson '45 Fund of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities.