China’s Factory Blues

2008

The days of ultra-cheap labor and little regulation in China are gone. The Pearl River Delta, a former rice-growing region remade by 1980’s capitalist reforms into a world-beating export platform for textiles, sporting goods and toys. Twenty years ago Guangdong Province was the place most manufacturers in Asia flocked to, making it China’s top exporting province and a magnet for migrant labor from the hinterland.