Twenty years ago, the main goal of many migrant workers in city factories was to send money home to struggling village families. Now they see the factory as part of a personal project, a first step towards an urban life. Internet access has made them more worldly and since a labour law passed in 2008 they have a stronger sense of their rights.
Writes Geoff Dyer in the FT.
Modernisation has unleashed powerful forces – pride and confidence in China’s achievements but also high expectations about the life that can be lived. The signs of restlessness among young Chinese make for a less predictable political future.