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Made in China

Mike Daisey’s podcast was something I found to be incredibly overwhelming. I had only heard a few things about how the Chinese working conditions were so horrible there when the iPhone 4/4s and 5 were coming out but that was really it. I find it sickening that people, real people, who may not be American but are not any less a person, are working in such horrific conditions. I am very sensitive to the working conditions of people as I come from a family who has had to work very hard for things and life. I hate that people take things for granted, and lets face it, Americans take a lot for granted.

The fact that we joke about things being made it China is upsetting. Also I find it disturbing that we worry that we are hurting our own economy but outsourcing to China. In reality there are clearly larger issues that Daisey makes very clear and so many people don’t know about it.

People not really knowing where there things are coming from is also crazy. How can we just generalize “China”. These are real cities, with real factories and real people. And Americans are taking all of that for granted because they are so invested in their material possessions. People are committing suicide because they are miserable making our material possessions. And they are lining up there to tell their miserable stories. The quote, “you know what would be great, it be so great if somebody who uses all this crap we make, everyday, all day long, one of those people would come and ask what is going on, because we would have stories for them”. The response to the suicide is nets… In America we have therapy, medication, and endless diagnoses, but in China they have nets. People had never been asked what they would change, they are a meaningless cog in the machine and they are so interchangeable. They can easily switched with other underage workers.

And Apple definitely knows. They know the details. This makes me look into American integrity even more so. This world is in so much trouble because we are so caught up in the profit. We can only move forward if we put people first in my opinion.

3 thoughts on “Made in China

  1. I had a very similar reaction to the podcast. Your point about Americans not knowing where in China our things are made is very true. We see “Made in China” stickers on things we use every day, but most people don’t think about the types of conditions the factory workers have to undergo on a daily basis.

  2. I completely agree with you and Adri. I found it extremely upsetting listening to the conditions these people are facing and having to work in. Admittedly, I have fallen guilty of generalizing “China”. However, after listening to this podcast, I have realized that these are real cities in China that we neglect to recognize even though they are producing products that we use on an every day basis. It is a shame that it has happened this way and hopefully more Americans can be made aware of these issues.

  3. Would Milton have us think that maximizing profit includes the world of Foxconn?

    You point to an obsession with profit as part of the problem. But look at your and your classmates’ reactions. You are passionate about the problems here.If that is a “demand” like demand for a product, why don’t the markets create a “supply?”

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