U-M experts available to discuss Chinese labor situation

February 21, 2013
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Chinese migrant laborers at the train station in Guangzhou, one of China's most important manufacturing centers. Image credit: William ForemanChinese migrant laborers at the train station in Guangzhou, one of China’s most important manufacturing centers. Image credit: William ForemanANN ARBOR—Now that the Lunar New Year holiday is over, more than 200 million Chinese migrant workers are heading back to the factories. Many will look for new work with higher wages, while managers will be under pressure to staff their assembly lines.

University of Michigan experts are available to discuss the latest labor, business and legal trends affecting Chinese industry. They are:

Mary Gallagher, director of U-M’s Center for Chinese Studies, is on sabbatical in Shanghai and can discuss labor trends. She can be reached at metg@umich.edu. More about Gallagher: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/polisci/people/ci.gallaghermary_ci.detail

Linda Y.C. Lim, professor of business, is an expert on strategy and operations. She can also talk about China’s domestic economic reforms, changing economic roles and multi-country manufacturing supply chains in Asia. She can be reached at lylim@umich.edu. More about Lim: http://www.bus.umich.edu/FacultyBios/FacultyBio.asp?id=000119685

Nicholas Calcina Howson, professor of law, can discuss China’s labor law. He has acted as a consultant to the Ford Foundation, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and various Chinese government ministries and administrative departments. He can be reached at nhowson@umich.edu or (cell) (917) 495-0033. More about Howson:

Yuen Yuen Ang, assistant professor of political science, researches local bureaucracies and how the state and businesses interact. She has done extensive fieldwork in China, gathering more than 300 interviews with officials and street-level bureaucrats across the southern, western and northern regions. She can be reached at yuenang@umich.edu. More about Ang: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/polisci/people/ci.angyuenyuen_ci.detail


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