Leslie T. Chang lived in China for a decade as a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. She has also written for The New Yorker, National Geographic, and Condé Nast Traveler.
Her book Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China (Spiegel & Grau 2008) traces the lives of two young women from the countryside who work in a factory city in South China. Factory Girls was named a New York Times Notable Book and has been translated into ten languages. Chang is a recipient of the PEN USA Literary Award, the Asian American Literary Award, and the Tiziano Terzani International Literary Prize.
A graduate of Harvard University with a degree in American History and Literature, Chang has also worked as a journalist in the Czech Republic, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
She and her husband, writer Peter Hessler, live in Cairo with their twin daughters.