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Eating Bitterness: Stories from the Front Lines of China's Great Urban Migration Hardcover – March 19, 2012
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"A thorough and insightful examination of the gritty, arduous side of the Chinese economic miracle."--"Publishers Weekly"
"What Loyalka finds is fascinating. . . . Details . . . make the book read like an ethnography, with a lot of first-hand discovery, and give it lasting power as a historical record of the biggest, fastest urbanization in human history."--April Rabkin"San Francisco Chronicle" (04/08/2012)
"One of the first books to examine the complexities of rural-to-urban migration through the life stories of individuals."--Maura Elizabeth Cunningham"Pacific Standard" (04/20/2012)
"Eating Bitterness sheds light on another dimension of the vast spectrum of Chinese society and is a valuable addition to the nonfiction literature on China."--Hilton Yip"Asian Review Of Books" (04/29/2012)
"The book is a welcome complement to the many monographs and economic studies that have charted China's economic progress. . . . Highly recommended."--F. Ng"Choice" (10/01/2012)
What Loyalka finds is fascinating. . . . Details . . . make the book read like an ethnography, with a lot of first-hand discovery, and give it lasting power as a historical record of the biggest, fastest urbanization in human history. --April Rabkin"San Francisco Chronicle" (04/08/2012)"
One of the first books to examine the complexities of rural-to-urban migration through the life stories of individuals. --Maura Elizabeth Cunningham"Pacific Standard" (04/20/2012)"
Eating Bitterness sheds light on another dimension of the vast spectrum of Chinese society and is a valuable addition to the nonfiction literature on China. --Hilton Yip"Asian Review Of Books" (04/29/2012)"
The book is a welcome complement to the many monographs and economic studies that have charted China's economic progress. . . . Highly recommended. --F. Ng"Choice" (10/01/2012)" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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"Michelle Dammon Loyalka’s Eating Bitterness tells the story of those who are at the bottom of Chinese society, their hopes, struggles, and above all, their perseverance in enduring hardship in life. It’s an untold story and a must-read for anyone who wants to know the real China."Helen H. Wang, author of The Chinese Dream.
"The great migration in rural China could be the most significant population shift today, influencing business practices, consumer habits, and cultural expectations around the world. Michelle Loyalka takes us behind the stunning demographics into the hearts and minds of the urban pioneers with unforgettable portraits of courage and despair. Her remarkable insight and candor make an indelible impression, erasing any distance between readers and subjects."Mary Kay Blakely, author of American Mom: Motherhood, Politics, and Humble Pie.
More About the Author
She is a contributor to the soon-to-be released book of essays, Chinese Characters: Fast-Changing Lives in a Fast-Changing Land. Her work on the psychological repercussions of China's rapid development has earned her both an Overseas Press Club scholarship and the O.O. McIntyre Fellowship. Ms. Loyalka compiled and edited a daily feature section for BusinessWeek Online from China for six years. She has freelanced for publications including The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Inc., Fast Company and the San Francisco Business Times. In China she has published essays in local newspapers, appeared on a variety of talk shows and co-hosted a call-in radio program in Mandarin.
In addition, Ms. Loyalka has extensive business experience in China in both education and technology. She served on the board of directors of the Concord Educational Network in Zhuhai, worked as a department head at Calikai Software in Xi'an, and launched a business consulting company in Xi'an's booming new High Tech Development Zone. She holds a master's degree from the Missouri School of Journalism and currently lives in Beijing.
Top Customer Reviews
The 8 individuals featured inspired me with their hope, their hard-working perseverance, and their ability endure to tremendous difficulty in hopes of building a better life for themselves and their children. Similar development-fueled migration patterns are common in a number countries across the globe, so this book should have broad-scale appeal.
Yet, Michelle Dammon Loyalka points out that even for those migrants who have found the wealth they sought, they still find themselves caught in a strange zone between rural and urban life. The Landless Landlords are a good example of this problem.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent opener on the topic. If you enjoy this at all you'll love Nicole Constables workPublished 2 months ago by J
"Eating Bitterness" by Michelle Loyalka has a good, clear writing style. It is easy to read and flows easily. Read morePublished 10 months ago by M.B.
One of the best books on Chinese migrants that I've read. Many China hands might compare this to Leslie T. Chang's 'Factory Girls. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Christine Tan
This book was very educational. It gave you a sense of developing China in the eyes of the different classes of people.Published 22 months ago by Derek
I bought this book because I have been working in China and wanted to understand what I was experiencing better. Read morePublished on June 12, 2013 by Susan J. Petrina
My book club decided they wanted to read this book and the 20 women loved it! It is written so beautifully and intelligently that one comes away feeling many emotions. Read morePublished on January 11, 2013 by Bonnie meinze
Having just visited Xi'an, these stories made the visit so much more "real". I only wish that I had read it before we went. It changes my attitude about bargaining with vendors. Read morePublished on November 2, 2012 by Linda York
Eating Bitterness is long-form journalism at its best. The writing is brisk, honest, and respectful. Read morePublished on May 1, 2012 by Lisan Li