Authors Interviews

On Contact: Dying for an iPhone

Interviewer: Chris Hedges

Interviewee: Dr Jeny Chan

13 June 2021 (total run time: 28:51)

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to Professor Jenny Chan about the people in China who make iPhones, iPads and Kindles, driving the huge profits of two of the world’s most powerful companies – Foxconn, the world’s largest provider of electronics manufacturing services, and Apple with its $2 trillion market value.

Jenny Chan, along with Mark Selden and Pun Ngai, did extensive field research for almost a decade to produce their book, Dying for an iPhone: Apple, Foxconn, and The Lives of China’s Workers.

Link to the audio https://soundcloud.com/rttv/on-contact-dying-for-an-iphone


Dying for an iPhone: labor exploitation, migration and strikes in China

[Morir por un iPhone: explotación laboral, migraciones y huelgas en China]

13 Sep 2020 by Josefina L. Martínez for Izquierda Diario.es

The rise of the iPhone as a global commodity is inseparable from the story about Steve Jobs as a great
entrepreneur who transformed a small garage company…

Link in Spanish: http://www.izquierdadiario.es/Morir-por-un-iPhone-explotacion-laboral-migraciones-yhuelgas-en-China


Link in English: http://www.izquierdadiario.es/Morir-por-un-iPhone-explotacion-laboral-migraciones-y-huelgasen-China

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“Reimaging Workers’ Education to Transform the World”

24-27 May, 2021 , UALE Conference

Professor Mark Selden presented Dying for an iPhone: Apple, Foxconn and the Lives of Chinese Workers on the United Association for Labor Education (UALE) Conference

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Chris Hedges: “Dying for an iPhone”

31 MAY 2021 By Chris Hedges for ScheerPost

The suffering of the working class, within and outside the United States, is ignored by our corporatized media, and yet, it is one of the most important human rights issues of our era.

Link to full content : https://scheerpost.com/2021/05/31/chris-hedges-dying-for-an-iphone/

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Counting the human cost of affordable electronics

2 June 2021 by Steven Crook / Contributing reporter for Taipei Times

Few companies have had their names dragged through the mud so comprehensively as Foxconn Technology Group (富士康科技集團), a conglomerate known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海精密) in Taiwan, which operates vast factories in China and other countries….

Link to full content: https://taipeitimes.com/News/feat/archives/2021/06/02/2003758451

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Raising the Bar for Taiwan’s Supply Chains

BY STEVEN CROOK ON 

“Apple has had one eye open and one eye closed,” says Jenny Chan, an assistant professor of sociology at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. “Also, Apple is not alone in causing such problems. We seek to open the big black box of labor in global supply chains.”

Chan co-authored the 2020 book Dying for an iPhone: Apple, Foxconn and the Lives of China’s Workers, and is an advisor to Electronics Watch (EW), an NGO that asks public-sector buyers such as universities to use their leverage to hold brands accountable.

Link to content: https://topics.amcham.com.tw/2021/05/raising-the-bar-taiwan-supply-chains/


Dreams and Defiance in Foxconn City An Interview with Jenny Chan

By Mark Levinson

Dissent (Spring 2021) is out now!

Link to the website : https://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/another-lost-decade


“China is Trying to Make Policy Moves that Won’t Shake the World”

16 March 2021

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Showtime for Xi as China’s annual Congress opens

4 March 2021 By DIANA FU   (03/04/2021 08:29 AM EST)

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“Il vero volto della Cina: la prefazione del nuovo volume di Wired”

English: “The true face of China: the preface of the new volume of Wired”

Dr Jenny Chan interviewed by Federico Bona for Wired, in “Il Robot Disoccupato” [The Robot Unemployed].

Number 94, Autumn (October – December) 2020.

Pp. 50-51 (Il vero volto della Cina / The true face of China)

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Dr Jenny Chan featured on Faculti

1 Feb 2021

Total run time: 15:09

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“Precariat Unite! The Gig Economy Challenges China’s State-Run Labour Unions.”

27 January

Dr Jenny Chan interviewed by Sue-Lin Wong for The Economist

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In China, Tech-Worker Deaths Spark Online Backlash

17 January 2021

Interviewed by Sha Hua for The Wall Street Journal

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中国科技公司一连串员工死亡事件引发网络声讨

2021117

华沙, 华尔街日报

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Chinese Courier Sets Fire to Himself in Protest Over Unpaid Alibaba Wages

12 January 2021

Interviewed by Yuan Yang and Ryan McMorrow (with Nian Liu) for The Financial Times

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Jenny Chan on Apple, Foxconn and the Lives of Chinese Workers,” 3 October 2020.

3 October 2020

Interviewed by Russell Mokhiber for Corporate Crime Reporter (Washington, D.C.)

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Tech Wont’ Save Us, 2020

17 September 2020

How Foxconn Treats the Workers Who Built Your iPhone w/ Jenny Chan,”

Interviewer: Paris Marx

Interviewee: Dr Jenny Chan (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

(total run time: 50 mins 22 secs)

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 ‘El lado oscuro de los productos de Apple: el drama de los suicidios en China.’ 

2 August 2020

By Salvador Martínez Mas , NIUS

(English: The dark side of Apple products: the suicide drama in China)

“The lining highlights the perfection of Apple / But not our tomorrow / The scanner repeatedly announces ‘OK’ / But not the ‘Error’ of our hearts / 24 hours a day, blinding lights illuminate iPhones / Stirring our days and nights / Thousands of repeated movements do an impeccable job / Testing the limits of our aching, numb shoulders / Each screwdriver turns carefully / But it cannot turn our future around ” .

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‘Dying for an iPhone’: The human cost of Apple’s high-speed production demands

By RHODA KWAN 12:00, 29 AUGUST 2020

In 2010, 18 young workers at Foxconn factories in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen tried to commit suicide by jumping off the roof, according to researchers. Fourteen died and three survived. The youngest jumper was aged 17.

The spate of suicides sparked a decade-long investigation by the team of researchers at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. This led to a book, Dying for an iPhone, written by Jenny Chan, Mark Selden and Pun Ngai and published this summer.

Undercover investigations

Chan and her team went undercover at Foxconn factories, donning the company uniform and borrowing staff cards to assess conditions in venues such as workers’ canteens and dormitories, and some production workshops.

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