After listening to this podcast, I feel a little upset. That is not because of someone saying something wrong about my city, it is because of someone who just telling the facts about my city, Shenzhen.
As Mike Daisey said in his monologue, Shenzhen is one of the most well developed cities in China, and with a huge population. I moved to Shenzhen since my high school, and I treat Shenzhen as my second hometown. I am a member of the 14 million people, who are counted as the citizens of Shenzhen. However, people like me usually don’t care about what was happening badly around us, we certainly know these things, but we just ignore them, because they seem nothing to do with our daily life. There are several gates in Shenzhen, which are used to separate the main districts from the factory zones. Most of the citizens live inside of these gates. We consume the products that those people outside those gates provide us; we enjoy the high technology products that those people assembled; we literally live in the same city, but our situations are like heaven and hell.
Every year, thousands of labor force rushes into Shenzhen to find a job in the companies like Foxconn, they know nothing about how the factories like, they just want to get a job in a big city rather than doing farm work in their small villages. They want to change their fates, but seldom make it. After those suicides happened, Foxconn has changed a lot, it even cut down the workload in Shenzhen and transferred to Chengdu, another big city in China, famous for panda. Also, the NEW IPAD was all made there, at least, when I ordered mine, it was shipped from Chengdu, rather than Shenzhen.
There is one sentence Mike Daisey said about the workers in the plant assembling iPads, never touched the products once. I have to say, Apple really do great job on the product security. Because Shenzhen is also famous for bootleg, and no one in Shenzhen can get an iPhone before its releasing date in the U.S. There is an interesting story about me and Apple, when iPhone 4S just released, my relatives in Shenzhen asked me to buy one and take it back when I come back to China, and I made an order online, then I tracked the shipment, yes, it was shipped from Shenzhen, and then, I packed it into my bag and took it all the way back from the U.S to the place where it came from.