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978-1-4985-8063-2 • Hardback • June 2021 • $90.00 • (£69.00)
978-1-4985-8064-9 • eBook • June 2021 • $45.00 • (£35.00)
Zheng Xiaoqiong, a critically acclaimed contemporary poet in China, has published twelve collections of poetry.
Zhou Xiaojing is professor of English at University of the Pacific. She is the author of Cities of Others: Reimagining Urban Spaces in Asian American Literature and The Ethics and Poetics of Alterity in Asian American Poetry.
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Introduction: Migrant Ecologies as a Site of Critical Inquiry
Chapter 1: Vignettes of Material Memoirs: Toxic Environment and Women Migrant Workers’ Industrial Diseases
Chapter 2: “Carceral Capitalism”: Factory Cities and Villages-in-the-City
Chapter 3: The Other Scene of Globalization: Hollow Villages and Migrant Workers’ Families
Conclusion: A Politics of Migrant Ecologies
About the Author and Translator
In Migrant Ecologies, Zhou Xiaojing articulates the hidden intricacies and intimacies of gendered labor, mass migration, ecological devastation, rural decline, and worker resistance in China through her brilliant analysis and translations of Zheng Xioaquion’s poetry. This book makes an invaluable contribution to global ecocriticism, the environmental humanities, and migration studies.
— Craig Santos Perez, University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa
Migrant Ecologies represents an imaginative, innovative and sophisticated way of understanding social change in contemporary China. Through the prism of Zheng Xiaoqiong’s intimate yet powerful poems, Zhou demonstrates both the human and planetary consequences of social inequality, industrialization and environmental degradation.
— Wanning Sun, University of Technology Sydney
China’s migrant worker poetry raises fundamental questions about literature and social justice, and Zheng Xiaoqiong crucially brings gender into the equation. Grim yet hopeful, Migrant Ecologies draws on Zheng's poetry for charting the entanglements of global capitalism, migration, environmental destruction, and inequality.
— Maghiel van Crevel, Leiden University
When Zheng Xiaoqiong's poetry first appeared in print, it was a seismic event. Only a voice as brutally beautiful as her's could have opened a space large enough in her readers hearts to take in the full vulnerable resilience of China's migrant workers. Once caught in the crossweave of her unflinching witness and the buoyant even sublimity lyricsim, the Chinese poetry world cracked open and has never been put back together again. We have been waiting for a scholar like Zhou Xiaojing to tell this story. And only one as attentive to poetic details as the larger picture they reveal could have done so. Be prepared, and do not delay. Reading this book is as urgent as it is unforgettable.
— Johanthan Stalling, University of Oklahoma
Migrant Ecologies is Zhou Xiaojing's excellent, acute, and moving translation of the poetry of Zheng Xiaoqiong, a contemporary Chinese woman migrant worker, poet, and activist. Zhou's Introduction offers eloquent and rigorous critiques of the complex relationships between the exploitation of the gendered labor of Chinese migrant women workers, the health risks in toxic working environment, sexual trafficking, poverty in the large slums in Southern Chinese cities, the contemporary Chinese industrialization, urbanization, environmental degradation, and global capitalism. Zhou advocates for the formation of the Chinese and Third World working class migrant women workers' agency and resistance against environmental and social injustice. This is an important and unique contribution to the literature and scholarship on global eco-feminist ecology and activism.
— Dr. Lingyan Yang, Indiana University of Pennsylvania