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Michelle Dammon Loyalka, April 16, 2012

Every year over 200 million peasants flock to China’s urban centers, providing a profusion of cheap labor that helps fuel the country’s staggering economic growth. Award-winning journalist Michelle Dammon Loyalka discusses her new book, in which she follows the trials and triumphs of eight such migrants–including a vegetable vendor, an itinerant knife sharpener, a free-spirited recycler, and a cash-strapped mother–offering an inside look at the pain, self-sacrifice, and uncertainty underlying China’s dramatic national transformation.

The interview can also be downloaded as a video podcast (304.0 MB) or as an audio file (.mp3 – 53.9 MB).

While at the IAS, Loyalka also gave a public presentation on her book.

Michelle Dammon Loyalka has lived in China for 13 years, during which time she has written a language-learning textbook, launched a business consulting company, co-hosted a radio talk show in Mandarin, and headed the educational products division of a Chinese software company. A freelance journalist and editor, Loyalka holds a master’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism and currently lives in Beijing.

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