Who’s building the new New China?

I’ve been waiting a long time for a truckload-of-migrant-workers photo. Today I finally was in the right place at the right time with a camera.

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This is a small truckload, as truckloads of migrant workers go. Legions of legions (literally) of guys like these — who prefer manual labour in the cities to the rural life they left behind — built and are building (literally) the new New China.

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These guys are one of the major reasons why China can build so much so fast, and why stuff on store shelves in North America is so ridiculously cheap: migrant construction and factory workers exist in Dickensian conditions, and there are millions of them. This keeps labour costs way down, and lets China’s government/business elite pass (some of) the savings on to us!

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And yes, that’s a McDonald’s (麦当劳 / mài dāng láo) in the background.

6 thoughts on “Who’s building the new New China?”

  1. that school doesn’t happen to be in the same building as a gym and a dental clinic does it? Across the street from a children’s hospital? We exercise in that building, and every once in a while i see the current English teachers going in to work.

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