The Chinese Workers • The New Yorker


 

Many companies are using inexpensive immigrant labor to manufacture handbags that bear the coveted “Made in Italy” label.

The first significant wave of Chinese immigrants arrived in the industrial zone around Prato, a city fifteen miles northwest of Florence, in the nineteen-nineties. Nearly all of them came from Wenzhou, a port city south of Shanghai. For the Chinese, the culture shock was more modest than one might have expected. •

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