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Published on Jul 21, 2015
RR9545/D - CHINA: WOMEN WORKERS
(dur: 5 mins 26 secs/sot in mandarin: 44 secs)
(music: Song of Chrysanthemum /Joyous songs and Dances /all by Fuquan Zhang (SAS 034))
A transformation is taking place in the countryside of China. As the economically booming cities attract men away from their villages, women are being left behind as the new backbone of the rural workforce. Not only are they tilling rice paddy fields, but working in the new rural industries, as factory hands. In some areas, women are taking on 80% of farm work and are seen as the biggest and cheapest labour pool in China.
Woman hoeing a tobacco field in Chuxiong village, Yunnan; migrant men getting off train in Beijing; woman carrying tobacco leaves in Chuxiong village; floating migrants; woman working in paddy field, Guandong; floating migrants waiting at Beijing train station; Fuqin Plastics Factory in Yunnan, seen across fields; horsecart passing factory; rubber coming out of machine; rubber sole pressing machine; cutting off excess of soles; Yin Yuhua, sot in Mandarin with English translation; factory interior; recycling rubber cutoffs; factory woman speaking; woman feeding rubber to pressing machine; factory girl's face; bundling the rubber soles; Fuming County in Yunnan, village scene; woman going to house with kettle; old man with bike; woman chasing oxen; child with rice; village rooftops;rice paddy fields; planting of rice Fuding Carpet Factory, Yunnan; women spinning purple yarn; hand on spinning yarn; women spinning; woman worker, sot in Mandarin with English translation; weaving machines; woman weaving carpet; factory from outside; women on bicycles getting ready to leave carpet factory; riding off.