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China has been the fastest growing economy for a generation, yet people in the United States have very little knowledge of the current status of workers in China.
Eli Friedman is an assistant professor of international and comparative labor at Cornell's ILR School. The primary focus of his research is labor relations and worker rights in China, which includes the study of development, globalization, social movements and urbanization.
In this program, Friedman discusses his latest book, "China on Strike: Narratives of Workers' Resistance" and issues facing workers in China. The book is a translation of a work that has been banned in China for its discussion of politically sensitive topics. It is based on embedded research in China's factories, and draws on dozens of interviews with workers to document the processes of migration, changing employment relations, worker culture, and other issues related to work and China's explosive growth.