Apple Labor: The Hidden Struggle of Chinese Workers

On 4 December 2014 Dr Jenny Chan gave a talk at the North London Collegiate School, London.

During 2010, 18 workers attempted suicide at Taiwanese-owned Foxconn Technology Group’s facilities, where Apple and other branded products are produced. They ranged in age from 17 to 25 — the prime of youth. Fourteen died, while four survived with crippling injuries. These shocking events attracted world attention to Foxconn, Apple, China’s export industry, and the experience of Chinese workers. What had driven these young workers to commit such a desperate act? What relationship did these tragic events bear to the electronic products that we not only prize but many believe define our contemporary civilization?


A first-hand study of Apple’s biggest supplier and the lives of 1.4 million Foxconn workers unveil the contradictions among labor, capital, and the Chinese state in global IT production.







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