Factory Towns of South China: An Illustrated Guidebook

Factory Towns of South China An Illustrated Guidebook Most consumer products come primarily from the Pearl River Delta the factory of the world with the largest industrial region on earth The delta has attracted millions of poor rural residents to settl

  • Title: Factory Towns of South China: An Illustrated Guidebook
  • Author: HKU Faculty of Architecture Stefan Al
  • ISBN: 9789888083695
  • Page: 338
  • Format: Paperback
  • Most consumer products come primarily from the Pearl River Delta, the factory of the world with the largest industrial region on earth The delta has attracted millions of poor rural residents to settle in factory towns in hopes for a better life Factory Towns of South China opens a window on these walled compounds, exposing the gritty establishments, crowded dormitorMost consumer products come primarily from the Pearl River Delta, the factory of the world with the largest industrial region on earth The delta has attracted millions of poor rural residents to settle in factory towns in hopes for a better life Factory Towns of South China opens a window on these walled compounds, exposing the gritty establishments, crowded dormitories and monotonous labor carried out by workers Some function as self contained cities, with their own fire brigade, hospital, bank, TV station and as many as half a million workers living within the compounds Other factories are scattered in larger villages to mask their existence and evade governmental crackdowns on the production of fake consumer goods and illegal casino machines.Contributors include David Bray, Minnie Chan, Jia Ching Chen, Paul Chu Hoi Shan, Eli Friedman, Claudia Juhre, Laurence Liauw, Paul Lin, Ting Shi, Casey Wang, Rex Wong, and Chun Yang.

    One thought on “Factory Towns of South China: An Illustrated Guidebook”

    1. "Factory towns of South China" is a creative and ambitious cross-disciplinary study that tries to get over the walls that separate urban studies, geography, economics and urban design. A series of quite good essays at the front is interspersed with infographics as lively as they are difficult to read - sometimes made more difficult by missing labels or actual errors. The main part of the book profiles factories throughout the Pearl River delta, two or three in each city, providing a mix of data [...]

    2. This is a good, concise overview of urbanization in and migration into the Pearl River Delta region of South China. The book is visually appealing throughout, and it gives detailed information on not just the respective cities in the region, but also of particular factories and the lives of workers within them.

    3. Informative and creatively designed, but also a bit loosely organized and redundant. For all its sheen, the graphics could have had more punch, I think.

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