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Harsh Realities of Shenzhen

Mike Daisey’s adventure into Shenzhen helped shed light on some of the harsh realities of the world we live in. We always hear the stories of sweatshops, or unfortunate working situations around the globe, but Daisey’s monologue went into much more depth than what I have been exposed to.

As Daisey shared his story I was appalled by the imagery of the nets hanging to save those attempting suicide; and thousands of malnourished workers eating lunch in a crammed cafeteria. This does not portray an electronics factory, but a prison. I was also shocked that these workers are forced to work sixteen-hour shift for months on end while being exposed to hazardous chemicals. The lack of consideration for thousands of lives is mind blowing; these conditions make me believe this a form of modern day slavery. Worker’s livelihood and health are so deteriorated that their lives will never be the same after the first day on the job. Humans are not supposed to be standing for fourteen consecutive hours, performing the same menial tasks; and Daisey clearly explains the consequences of this type of work in his monologue. Daisey shared a story about a man who’s hand was deformed from assembling iPads and this man was only one of hundreds.

Although this was a very somber and shocking story, it was promising to see that many workers at Foxconn were open to approaching Daisey. Their willingness to share their stories will only help shed light on these issues and potentially help improve work conditions around the globe.

2 thoughts on “Harsh Realities of Shenzhen

  1. Your phrase, “modern day slavery” cannot be more true, now that I think about it. The conditions described in Daisy’s podcast are appalling and completely devastating. However, the positive thoughts you mentioned toward the end of your post really struck me. How dangerous it must be for these employees to be talking to Daisy. How much did they risk in describing the horrible conditions? Perhaps some people are pushed to their limit and can no longer see only the risk in talking to Daisy or other outsiders, but also see the risk in not telling their story.

  2. Since it is so obvious to reader’s that this standard of labor is completely unacceptable, what body of authority is supposed to prevent it from happening? Is it the authority of the government where the company is headquartered? It seems to me that there are little to no governance over international labor conditions.

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