Originally Posted by anantksundaram
Google "Kentucky Fried Movie" and "Detroit". BringYourOwnSenseOfHumor.
Oh, and you should visit China too, some time. You might actually learn a couple of things.
Yes, you can automatically assume that those that disagree with your position on X have never ever been to X, understand X, and absolutely know nothing about X because they disagree with your position on X.
Especially if that position is that "'Mericans are ignorant" and the topic is about something overseas.
Hint: FreeRange having a chinese wife and visiting China is insufficient to call everyone else ignorant about China and conditions at Foxconn.
Which is a Taiwanese company and one of the pieces of cultural friction at the factory...and the Foxconn execs strike me to be the same kinda folks I met in Taiwan as a kid (highly placed officials). Traditionalist and very hierarchical. Great folks if you're at the top of the food chain and they treat you as an equal. Maybe not so much if you aren't. The kind that in mainland Chinese (vaguely historical) soaps are not overly portrayed kindly. Overbearing, shifty, abusive, dithering and ultimately cause the family's downfall somehow...usually by collaborating with the Japanese in WWII.
The soaps are interesting...reflective of current Chinese cultural mores or mildly subtle propaganda? Either way, decent production values and you certainly aren't going to do a soap in China that the government doesn't like. Me, I get bored too easily to sit through 100 eps just to another version of "son/daughter meets and falls in love with inappropriate girl/boy, conflict and mayhem ensues, everybody dies in the end". <Cue montage of key scenes and sad music>.
Yes, 13 suicides, and 30 more attempts in that same 5 month time period. Google suicide cluster and the Foxconn employee demographics. Young, somewhat educated, single children from rural communities wondering why the hell they are mindlessly doing repetitive manufacturing for 15 hour days, seven days a week not for a single summer but for the foreseeable future.
You can do anything for a short period. When you're 22 and can't figure out a path to something better? These kids expected a better future than this...to someday figure out how to become lao ban and not just dai mao.
You want suck living conditions and long work hours join the Navy. But at least there the organization has a path for seaman to admiral.
Read this if you can. Giz or Engadet had a translation somewhere.http://www.infzm.com/content/44881
Heck, it even made CCTV news...probably because it was a taiwanese company.