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Cathy’s Version of Events


I decided to write my short story as a reflection piece from the perspective of Mike Daisy’s translator, Cathy, after hearing about Daisy’s piece on working conditions at Foxconn.

“今天我遇到了一名美国记者采访了谁打电话核实一个故事,以前的’商人’麦克·黛西,他是一个人,我最近翻译为他走访了三个不同的工厂在中国各地,采访到了一些人对他们的在工厂的工作条件和时间,然而,这是一个非常不同

版本的事件,有人问我关于这个美国男子艾拉重述事件的一个非常不同的版本,谁的手机。虽然一些什么,他问我实际发生的,有大量被严重夸大。迈克对事件的说法不同,我们只参观了三家工厂,反对十工厂安全卫士没有携带枪支。

汗衫版本的故事也夸大我们见面和交谈的人的故事。最值得注意的是,我们在街上遇到一个陌生男子一晚的方式来吃饭。迈克问我要问男人“你的手”醉酒男子含糊不清他的话,并呼吁他的爪魔发生了什么事。听到迈克怪富士康工厂,我发现非常令人沮丧的事。他是谁她来判断我们的工厂,然后只能躺在一条消息?

虽然我明白,迈克有良好的的用心努力提高关注一些恶劣的工作条件下,我的朋友和家人面对全国各地的卧谈只能让情况变得更糟。大部份艾拉问我什么是事实,但Mike的版本是一个严重夸大的真相。这让我很伤心,现在,人们会不相信的真实故事,而是将刷过的问题“

“Today I met spoke with an American journalist who called to verify a story about a previous ‘businessman’ Mike Daisy. He was a man who I recently translated for as he visited three different factories around China and spoke to a number of people about their time in the factories and the working conditions. This however was a very different version of events that I was asked about on the phone from this American man Ira, who retold a very different version of events. While some of what he was asking me about had actually happened there was a large amount that was grossly inflated. Unlike Mike’s version of events we only visited three factories opposed to ten and factory security guards did not carry guns.

Mikes version of the story also inflated stories about the people we met and talked to. The most notable was of a strange man we met on the street one night on the way to dinner. Mike asked me to ask the man ‘what happened to your hand’ the drunken man slurred his words and called his claw magic. To hear Mike blame this on a foxconn factory was something that I found extremely frustrating. Who is he to come her to judge our factories and then to only lie about it as a piece of news?

While I understand that Mike had good intentions in trying to raise attention to some of the poor working conditions that my friends and family face around the country lying about it only made the situation worse. A large portion of what Ira asked me was in fact true, but Mike’s version was a gross exaggeration of the truth. It makes me sad that people will now not believe the true story and will instead brush over the issue”

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6 thoughts on “Cathy’s Version of Events

  1. It really is frustrating to know that because of the lies Mike Daisey told, this issue will not be taken as seriously. I think it is time we understand what is really happening and what the correct response should be instead of exaggerating stories to make yourself look good.

  2. Of course, her very presence as an educated, autonomous person is evident in the subtext. She can go around China; she can make contacts; her reality in the monologue challenges simplistic views of China as only a big country full of poor, oppressed people. I like how your story brings her voice into the conversation.

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