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Gender and fieldwork in China: Investigating migrant workers in restaurants

Gender and fieldwork in China: Investigating migrant workers in restaurants

Jonathan Sullivan18 Apr 2014Leave a comment

Written by Yang Shen.

My research focuses on new-generation migrant workers (NGMs) in restaurants in Shanghai. New-generation migrant workers are defined as the second generation migrant workers following the Reform in 1978, and according to a national report published by the All China Federation of Trade Unions, refer to those whose ages are above 16 and born after the 1980s. The research explores their life experiences, the changing gender relationships, and their economic share of China’s rapid development in recent years. I have conducted a series of fieldwork (in total, amounting to six months) from April 2011 to January 2013 in Shanghai. My multiple roles as a friend and a researcher illustrate the subtle and complex influences of gender, class and hukou status on the research process.

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