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Leslie T. Chang

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    Journalist and author

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    Leslie T. Chang has written about women in the developing world for two decades. Her book Egyptian Made: Women, Work, and the Promise of Liberation (Random House, 2024) follows the lives of three women who work in Egypt’s garment industry. Her previous book Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China (Spiegel & Grau, 2008) explored China’s mass migration through the lives of young women from the countryside who work in a factory city in South China. Factory Girls was named a New York Times Notable Book and has been translated into ten languages. Chang is a recipient of the PEN USA Literary Award, the Asian American Literary Award, the Tiziano Terzani International Literary Prize, the Quality Paperback Book Club New Visions Award, and the Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship. Prior to these experiences, Chang lived in China for a decade as a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. She has also written for The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and National Geographic. A graduate of Harvard University with a degree in American History and Literature, Chang has also worked as a journalist in the Czech Republic, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.