Chicken Feathers & Garlic Skin: Diary of a Chinese Garment Factory Girl on Saipan, the ground-breaking book by Chun Yu Wang that revealed the inside story of life in the garment factories (sweatshops) on Saipan, is now available for Kindle, Nook and other e-readers.
"We wanted to make Chun Yu's compelling story more widely available," says "as told to" co-author Walt Goodridge. "High schools and universities in the US and abroad are currently using the book in their courses, and with Kindles and Nooks creating new readers across the globe, we want her story to stay current with a new generation of readers."
The highly-praised, first-hand account of this former factory worker was originally published in 2009 by the Passion Profit Company. It tells the story of Wang, a 25-year old girl from Wu Xi City in Jiang Shu province, China who, in 2000 boarded a plane for the first time to travel thousands of miles to work in a garment factory on the island of Saipan, in the US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
In her book, Wang provides an inspiring and enlightening tale of determination, disappointment, justice, and triumph, and is, in fact, and the only known first-hand account and diary of a Saipan factory girl's life during the controversial garment factory era on Saipan (saipanfactorygirl.com). She candidly takes the reader on an eye-opening trip few outsiders ever experience, and takes us inside the lives of the invisible girls working behind the sewing machines.
Although Saipan's garment factories are now closed, and the workers have moved on with their lives, Chun Yu's tale of life in the sweatshops is lived every day in the ongoing experiences of hundreds of thousands of women and men around the world.