About Hsiao-Hung Pai
Hsiao-Hung Pai is a journalist and writer whose work appears in the Guardian and other publications. Her latest book is Scattered Sand: The Story of China's Rural Migrants (Verso, 2012). She is also the author of Chinese Whispers: The True Story Behind Britain's Hidden Army of Labour (Penguin, 2008), which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2009
Articles by Hsiao-Hung Pai
"When you see the Iceland store, you will be able to find Brook Road. Walk to the end of that road, the garment factory is on the second floor. You can't miss it. The building looks very run-down." Chun's voice at the other end of the mobile phone is anxious. To "argue reason" with an employer on a wage-claiming mission is always a tense occasion, but this particular boss has the kind of reputation that leads two Chinese workers to volunteer to accompany me.