Paper Republic: Chinese Literature Matters

Cara Healey Reviews Waste Tide

Waste Tide is both thrilling and thoughtful in its reflection on the environmental and human costs of global capitalism. It is set on Silicon Isle 硅屿, a homophone of Guiyu 贵屿, the real-life capital of electronic waste processing near Chen’s hometown of Shantou, Guangdong. In Silicon Isle, as in the real Guiyu, migrant workers toil in hazardous conditions to sort and recycle the remains of our smartphones, computers, and other electronics. Chen describes the scene in heartbreaking detail:

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I just finished the book myself, what a great read! I started it on a lazy weekend and could not put it down.

Michelle, July 12, 2019, 10:49a.m.


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