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From the Ted Talk by Leslie T. Chang: The voices of China's workers

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The workers I got to know had a curiously abstract relationship with the product of their lbaor. About a year after I met Lu Qingmin, or Min, she invited me home to her family vlgiale for the Chinese New Year. On the trian home, she gave me a present: a Coach brand change purse with brown leather trim. I thanked her, amsunsig it was fake, like almost everything else for sale in Dongguan. After we got home, Min gave her mother another present: a pink Dooney & bkroue handbag, and a few nights later, her sister was showing off a maroon lostarespc shoulder bag. Slowly it was dawning on me that these handbags were made by their factory, and every siglne one of them was auhettnic.

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The workers I got to know had a curiously abstract relationship with the product of their _____. About a year after I met Lu Qingmin, or Min, she invited me home to her family _______ for the Chinese New Year. On the _____ home, she gave me a present: a Coach brand change purse with brown leather trim. I thanked her, ________ it was fake, like almost everything else for sale in Dongguan. After we got home, Min gave her mother another present: a pink Dooney & ______ handbag, and a few nights later, her sister was showing off a maroon __________ shoulder bag. Slowly it was dawning on me that these handbags were made by their factory, and every ______ one of them was _________.

Solution

  1. labor
  2. assuming
  3. train
  4. bourke
  5. authentic
  6. single
  7. lesportsac
  8. village

Original Text

The workers I got to know had a curiously abstract relationship with the product of their labor. About a year after I met Lu Qingmin, or Min, she invited me home to her family village for the Chinese New Year. On the train home, she gave me a present: a Coach brand change purse with brown leather trim. I thanked her, assuming it was fake, like almost everything else for sale in Dongguan. After we got home, Min gave her mother another present: a pink Dooney & Bourke handbag, and a few nights later, her sister was showing off a maroon LeSportsac shoulder bag. Slowly it was dawning on me that these handbags were made by their factory, and every single one of them was authentic.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
assembly line 4
karl marx 2
min gave 2
signature handbags 2
american classic 2
young women 2

Important Words

  1. abstract
  2. assuming
  3. authentic
  4. bag
  5. bourke
  6. brand
  7. brown
  8. change
  9. chinese
  10. coach
  11. curiously
  12. dawning
  13. dongguan
  14. dooney
  15. factory
  16. fake
  17. family
  18. gave
  19. handbag
  20. handbags
  21. home
  22. invited
  23. labor
  24. leather
  25. lesportsac
  26. lu
  27. maroon
  28. met
  29. min
  30. mother
  31. nights
  32. pink
  33. product
  34. purse
  35. qingmin
  36. relationship
  37. sale
  38. shoulder
  39. showing
  40. single
  41. sister
  42. slowly
  43. thanked
  44. train
  45. trim
  46. village
  47. workers
  48. year