North Central College - Naperville, IL

Weien Wang: Discovering Commonality Across the World

I went to Beijing this summer in order to conduct an anthropological study on low-wage workers in urban China, most of whom are migrants from other areas of the country. My research method involved getting to know my coworkers by working along-side them; first, being a dishwasher, and then as a waiter at a Chinese restaurant.

In my one-month tenure, I found that the problems these migrant workers encounter vary widely depending on their background. Furthermore, while this poorer class of young people face many challenges unique to China, in some ways they are not very different from their American peers.

Central Time, Volume 3, Issue 2