GlobalPost journalist Robert Foyle Hunwick interviewed Dr. Jenny Chan on 19 May 2015 for an article entitled “Desperate Chinese are turning to mass suicide to get their government’s attention."

…“When the pre-existing grievance mechanisms fail to work, some aggrieved laborers may take direct actions to protest against injustice,” said Dr. Jenny Chan, an expert on Chinese labor studies at the University of Oxford. “But suicide shouldn’t be used as a desperate means of resistance.”

 

…“Suicide is intensely personal,” Dr. Chan said. “And it is social.”

 

… “The vulnerable workers are subjected to unbearable stress and intolerable pain at times of crises,” said Dr. Chan, who compares the pressure to “a form of ‘murder.’”

 

Full story: http://www.globalpost.com/article/6552870/2015/05/18/suicide-protest-china