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China Considers Aid Program for Laid-off Workers

From the International Herald Tribune: As a result of the global economic downturn, the province of Guangdong may set up a fund to help newly unemployed factory workers. The proposal is believed to be in response to fears about...

After Toy Factory Closure, Blame Game Begins

Hong Kong-listed toymaking company Smart Union was forced to close its massive factory in Dongguan, Guangdong province down last week, laying off 7,000 workers in the process. The BBC reports: A Chinese toymaker which supplied...

Song: Jangle for the Jobless

Beijing-based poet and folk singer Zhou Funpeng, 周云蓬, 38, has penned the following song, The Unemployed (失业者), a mournful ballad representing the people left behind in urban China’s sprint towards prosperity. Listen here...

Poem: Like A Factory Worker

Here are two poems written by Tianjin based poet Li Wei (translated by M.J.): Like a factory worker I cut off my long hair Short to the roots Mali Zhe saw it Patted me and said Oh my, your head is truly ugly Like that of a...

Poem: Me, or a Monkey

Here is another poem written by Li Wei (translated by M.J.): Me, or a Monkey (我,或一只猴子) To lessen the burden Of the nation, of the people I An average man A completely inconspicuous person A person of no contribution whatsoever...

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