The Atlantic crosses the Pacific, for a China-themed issue.
National correspondent James Fallows, who moved to Shanghai in 2006, has a cover story on China’s riseas a manufacturing is good. Fallows writes:
Here is an uncomfortable truth I’m waiting for some Chinese official to point out: The woman from the hinterland working in Shenzhen is arguably better off economically than an American in Chicago living on minimum wage. She can save most of what she makes and feel she is on the way up; the American can’t and doesn’t.
How Fallows knows what a minimum-wage earning woman in Chicago feels isn’t stated–maybe she’s a PA for Oprah, living at home, and she’s thrilled.
The magazine must have gone to press before the food additives scandal surfaced.
Also in this issue:
Caitlin Flanagan on on-line predators,while confessing to a little weird stalking thing of her own.
Virginia Postrel on Hollywood’s master glamour photographer, George Hurrell.
Corby Kummer on fresh sardines, now available up and down the California coast.