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Foxconn Accused of Wastewater Pollution

Chinese environmental activist Ma Jun has accused two electronics manufacturers, including Apple supplier Foxconn, of environmental violations. From Paul Mozur and Eva Dou at The Wall Street Journal: The report, which was...

Working Hard and Playing Hard in Fun City

A New York Times article and accompanying video look at the lives of Foxconn workers once their shifts end. Outside the gates of the Zhengzhou Foxconn campus, the atmosphere “resembles a gigantic street fair”: Here...

Revisiting Leslie Chang’s “Factory Girls”

At Tea Leaf Nation, Gloria Wang surveys Chinese reactions to Leslie T. Chang’s Factory Girls, recently released in simplified characters five years after its original English-language publication. The book follows two...

Chinese Hackers: Crooks or Government Agents?

Following a report from Mandiant about a Chinese hacker group allegedly linked to the People’s Liberation Army, the Obama administration condemned officially-sanctioned Chinese cyberattacks. Yet, following a three-month...

Contemporary Chinese Art: Young and Restless

At The Economist’s Analects blog, Alec Ash discusses ON / OFF: China’s Young Artists in Concept and Practice. The exhibition at Beijing’s Ullens Center includes the Foxconn-focused Consumption by Li Liao, who was...

Artist Puts iPad on Pedestal

The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos talks to artist Li Liao about his piece Consumption, currently on display in Beijing in an exhibition of 50 young, post-Mao Chinese artists. The work consists of objects from Li’s 45-day...

Is Change Emerging in China’s Factories?

Keith Bradsher and Charles Duhigg of The New York Times report that electronics companies such as Apple, which came under heavy criticism earlier this year for the working conditions on its Chinese assembly lines, have changed...

Is Insourcing More Than Just Wishful Thinking?

In January, The New York Times published an investigation into how the U.S. had lost out on manufacturing work for products “Designed by Apple in California” but “Assembled in China”. The report cited the...

Foxconn Entangled in Labor Rights Inquiries

The father of a brain-damaged former Foxconn worker sued the world’s biggest electronics manufacturer this Tuesday. Tan Ee Lyn at Reuters reveals the shady tactics played by Foxconn in such worker compensation disputes:...

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