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Glimpse Into the Lives of Foxconn Workers

Discover how Foxconn workers on the Zhengzhou plant live their lives

08·06·2013

When a Foxconn factory appears on the news, it usually involves suicide. Every year, Foxconn workers jump to their deaths after working endless hours at their Apple factories. How do Foxconn workers live? What do they do outside of these factories? Sohu shares some photos that offer a glimpse into these young laborers’ daily lives.

Via Sohu.com (translated from Chinese).

“In Zhengzhou, China, the most popular night club is a normal club with flashing neon lights. Not far from it is the 24-hour iPhone manufacturing industrial campus. This night club, called “Time Travel”, is tucked behind an open construction area. On a Saturday night, the place is packed. There are plastic whistles, fruit trays, children with mohawks, passed out factory workers, and a comedian who tells dirty jokes and performs drinking beer from his nose. Under the strobe lights, the crowd dances crazily, unveiling what is largely overlooked when discussing this global supply chain: where these workers go after work. Here, they release everything, and retrieve the motivation to return to the assembly line.”

Foxconn's new employees waiting for their recruiter. Workers at this facilities make iPhones 24/7.

Foxconn’s new employees waiting for their recruiter. Workers at this facilities make iPhones 24/7.

Workers buying mantou before their day shifts. These young man rarely get a day off to enjoy the moment because they have to fight for a better future.

Workers buying mantou before their day shifts. These young man rarely get a day off to enjoy the moment because they have to fight for a better future.

19 year-old Li Liyang rents a room with a friend, each with a different shift. They each pay 300 yuan per month for the rent, which is twice as expensive as a bed in Foxconn dorms.

19 year-old Li Liyang rents a room with a friend, each with a different shift. They each pay 300 yuan per month for the rent, which is twice as expensive as a bed in Foxconn dorms.

The world out the factory gate is like a big fair. On the other side of the block, on a construction site, someone set up a tattoo shop in the van.

The world out the factory gate is like a big fair. On the other side of the block, on a construction site, someone set up a tattoo shop in the van.

During night shift hours, female security patrols the streets of New Town. 200,000 residents live in New Town, mostly young people. There are hundreds of hired security here.

During night shift hours, female security patrols the streets of New Town. 200,000 residents live in New Town, mostly young people. There are hundreds of hired security here.

In the Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou's suburbs, a worker dines next to a construction site.

In the Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou’s suburbs, a worker dines next to a construction site.

Day shift workers leaving the factory.

Day shift workers leaving the factory.

daytime shift workers taking the bus back to the residential area after going back home. Each room has 8 people, with metal framed beds and a bathroom.

daytime shift workers taking the bus back to the residential area after going back home. Each room has 8 people, with metal framed beds and a bathroom.

 

A young couple in a Zhengzhou night club

A young couple in a Zhengzhou night club.

Most of these partyers are workers from Zhengzhou's Foxconn facility.

Most of these partyers are workers from Zhengzhou’s Foxconn facility.

A young worker chucking a beer while watching a costume performance in an outdoor restaurant.

A young worker chucking a beer while watching a costume performance in an outdoor restaurant.

Roller skating is immensely popular among Foxconn's "fighters".

Roller skating is immensely popular among Foxconn’s “fighters”.

At night, by the dirt road, two young girls playing with their smartphones. Summer is the low season for the industrial area, many workers can get a day or two off on weekends.

At night, by the dirt road, two young girls playing with their smartphones. Summer is the low season for the industrial area, many workers can get a day or two off on weekends.

 

Image courtesy of Sohu News.

 

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