by Doctor Science
This is the Foxconn "campus" in the Longhua area of Shenzhen, north of Hong Kong. Some 220,000 people work there; about a quarter of them live on site; and several thousand new employees are recruited, trained, and brought onto staff each week, because turnover at Foxconn and many of these Chinese manufacturing centers is so high. Foxconn has been controversial over the years because of allegations of sweatshop operation and of militaristic surveillance and discipline, plus a wave of worker suicides in 2010.The only restriction imposed on Fallows was that he couldn’t photograph or mention any logos on products being made there. In general, he says
I am always surprised by things in China, but this day was at the more-surprising-than-usual end of the spectrum.One of his photos from the recruiting area:
This is not directly connected to recruiting, but it was in the same general area of the site. It's an outlet for eFeihu, or "Flying Tiger," a Foxconn-run e-commerce company. The people inside, Foxconn workers on break, were checking out various phones and cameras. Weirdo touch: the orange and black decorations are cut-paper images of jack-o-lanterns, and the white things hanging from the ceiling are cut-paper Halloween skeletons.So why does a Chinese workplace have exactly the sort of cheapo Halloween decorations I might expect to see in an American workplace right now? Were they supposed to commemorate -- or replace -- the Double Ninth Festival, which was about to take place when Fallows visited? Are other Western holidays starting to seep into China, and *why*?!?
LJ, are you seeing Halloween decorations in Japan? I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the Japanese took up Halloween – the combination of cosplay and candy seems tailor-made for them.