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Global "Body Shopping" by Biao Xiang

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Chapter 7

The World System of Body Shopping

Venugopal, a twenty-four-year-old Kamma Telugu who went to Australia sponsored by David in 1999, had a three-step career plan. In Australia, he would accumulate as many connections and as much work experience as he could. Hence, twice a week, instead of the home-packed lunch to save money (as most fellow Indians did), Venugopal made a point of lunching at his company’s café in order to meet more people. His next step, after two years, was to go to the United States: “After working two years in a Western country, you can understand the entire work system. Like learning cooking: after two years, you can cook any meal on the menu.” But why, I asked, was it still necessary to go to the United States if ...

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