(photo by Sheng Lu)
This is the road where the apparel factory mentioned in the book was located. Shanghai used to be one of the three leading areas in China that produce textiles. In the early 1990s, the municipal government launched a major reform of its economy and majority of the textile mills in Shanghai were closed so as to leave space and resources to develop other industries deemed more strategically important to the city. Capitals moved to the innner land of China, however, laid-off workers were having a difficult time finding a new job.
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