Just as the Chinese government has announced that detainees at internment camps in Xinjiang have “graduated” – without offering any evidence or explanation – researcher Adrian Zenz has released a paper...
Sep 26, 2012
In an open Q&A session at Reddit this week, The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof discussed his experience covering the Tiananmen protests and his views on sweatshops, among other important issues. CaptainApathy419:...
May 31, 2011
Long the ubiquitous source of low-priced goods around the world, China is losing its appeal for foreign manufacturers. From the New York Times: Bruce Rockowitz, the chief executive of Li & Fung, the largest trading company...
Dec 13, 2010
Global Times has reported the arrest of a man in Xinjiang who allegedly trafficked slave laborers, many of whom are mentally ill: A total of 11 workers, including eight mentally disabled people, were found to be working in...
Jun 19, 2010
The New York Times spends a night with workers at Shenzhen’s now-notorious Foxconn plant: And what is life like for a cog in China’s labor-intensive factory model? Mr. Yuan, with the approval of his supervisor, described...
Apr 30, 2008
T.A. Frank, an editor at the Washington Monthly and a former sweatshop inspector, ruminates on sweatshops worldwide — with a particular focus on China — and the companies they supply with cheap products. From the...
Jun 10, 2007
From Financial Times: Licensed goods being made for next year’s Beijing Olympic Games are being manufactured by child labour and “sweatshops” in China, the Playfair Alliance says in a report published on Monday. Research found children as young as 12 producing Olympic merchandise. Playfair says that adults producing goods for the Beijing games earn as […]
May 18, 2007
In The Nation, Jehangir Pocha writes about the status of workers and the labor union movement in China: Global consumers buying $25 Chinese-made DVD players usually assume Chinese labor is cheap because the country has a limitless supply of poor workers. But the morally cumbersome truth is that the Chinese government systematically prevents workers from […]
Mar 29, 2007
The Sunday Telegraph ran an excerpt from The Real Toy Story, by Eric Clark, about the migrant workers in China making toys to supply the world’s children: The dominance of China in toy production is staggering. There are about 8,000 toy factories, employing three million workers, spread over six main areas, of which the Pearl […]
Mar 5, 2007
As the National People’s Congress meets in Beijing to discuss a slowdown in economic growth and policies to support the poor, two new reports detail abuses of migrant workers in Chinese factories. From Amnesty International’s new report, “Internal migrants: Discrimination and abuse: The human cost of an economic ‘miracle’”: Tens of millions of migrants are […]
Nov 25, 2006
From Business Week, via A Glimpse of the World: American importers have long answered criticism of conditions at their Chinese suppliers with labor rules and inspections. But many factories have just gotten better at concealing abuses Tang Yinghong was caught in an impossible squeeze. For years, his employer, Ningbo Beifa Group, had prospered as a […]
Aug 28, 2006
From the Non-Violent Resistance blog, more on the FoxConn lawsuit against two China Business News journalists: Words in the Chinese press circles are, that FoxConn, therefore Hon Hai, had deliberately picked the two journalists from China Business News to sue in a painstaking plot to harrass and intimidate media outlets and journalists. After all, China […]
Aug 27, 2006
From EastSouthWestNorth blog: After an investigation, Apple has now basically said that things were not as bad as the two British tabloids reported, although some improvements will be required on the part of FoxConn. This was not terribly surprising since the British tabloid reports were deemed suspect by others already. Afterwards, FoxConn may have a […]
Jun 13, 2006
From Macworld.co.uk: Apple’s iPods are made by mainly female workers who earn as little as ¬£27 per month, according to a report in the Mail on Sunday yesterday. The report, ‘iPod City’, isn’t available online. It offers photographs taken from inside the factories that make Apple music players, situated in China and owned by Foxconn. […]
Jan 16, 2006
From the Independent (via Peking Duck): A three-year investigation into booming export factories for companies such as Marks & Spencer and Ikea discovered the human cost of China’s “economic miracle”. It found an army of powerless rural migrants toiling up to 14 hours a day, almost every day. Many were allowed just one day off […]
Dec 22, 2005
From Asia Times: While Santa Claus lives it up with Rudolph at the North Pole, his elves have relocated to southern China’s towns and villages. Some 70% of the world’s Christmas ornaments and other paraphernalia now originate in officially atheist mainland China. Tinsel, Santas, mistletoe and artificial trees of every shape and hue are churned […]
Sep 21, 2005
From the second installment of the Good Morning America series “Made in China: Your Job, Your Future, Your Fortune“: The Nike plant in the Guangdong province is by no means a sweatshop. Overtime is limited to a 48-hour workweek, the company brings in a ton of rice a day to feed everyone, and the facilities […]
CDT in the News
- MIT Technology Review – Now China wants to censor online comments
- The Globe and Mail – Shanghai leaves lockdown after two months, but ‘zero COVID’ policy remains
- WION – Shanghai residents spent 2 months ‘locked’ up, but China bans media from calling it a ‘lockdown’
- The Independent – Shanghai prohibits media from using the term ‘lockdown’
- Guardian – Shanghai reportedly bans media use of the term ‘lockdown’ as lockdown ends