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Thinking Inside the Box

By Jane Hwang - 2013-12-06T18:10:50Z

Photograph by AP Images

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The Chinese government is moving hundreds of millions of people into cities. These "waidi ren,” or outsiders, as they are sometimes called, provide cheap labor for the middle and upper classes. Often the migrant men end up working in construction and the women in factories. 

Left, migrant workers share a meal near their shipping-container homes at a construction site of a high-end residential project in Fuzhou, in southeast China's Fujian province. Thirteen shipping containers have been set up as living/working spaces.

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