Foxconn

  • Tell The Truth But Tell It Slant: There Are Still Major Worker Issues In China, Just Not Where Daisey Looked

    Tell The Truth But Tell It Slant: There Are Still Major Worker Issues In China, Just Not Where Daisey Looked

    In the hullabaloo over Mike Daisey lying about meeting injured workers, the spotlight turned from actual employment problems in Asia onto the face of the orotund and penitent former colonialist. Now that the news cycle has passed, we’re no longer interested in the topic of Chinese manufacturing and, judging by the positive response to my April Fools’ post on Sunday, the world… Read More

  • Foxconn Plans New Iowa Plant, Will Hire 10% Of State’s Population

    Foxconn Plans New Iowa Plant, Will Hire 10% Of State’s Population

    After a highly visible meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook, Foxconn’s founder Terry Gou announced plans to open a sprawling Foxconn factory in Guthrie Center, Iowa, essentially replacing the approximately 2,000 residents of that small town with workers from in and around Iowa. The company will hire 300,000 employees for the new factory, about 10% of Iowa’s population. The plant… Read More

  • The Agony And Ecstasy Of Mike Daisey

    The Agony And Ecstasy Of Mike Daisey

    It seems that noted firebrand Mike Daisey’s story – the one about the crippled, underaged factory workers who unspooled tales of woe and torture at the hands of their evil Foxconn masters at Apple’s behest – was at least partially fabricated. He was outed as, at best, a bad journalist and at worst a fraud. To be clear, he’s a monologist and playwright and had… Read More

  • <em>This American Life</em> Retracts Mike Daisey’s Piece On Foxconn For “Significant Fabrications”

    This American Life Retracts Mike Daisey’s Piece On Foxconn For “Significant Fabrications”

    At over a million digital listens, “Mr. Daisey Goes To The Apple Factory” is This American Life’s most popular episode. That’s no small feat for one of the world’s most well-known radio shows. When it aired, it set off yet another firestorm of controversy regarding the ethics of Apple (and other large tech companies) using cheap Chinese labor through major… Read More

  • Apple Inc., Made In America

    Apple Inc., Made In America

    There are two sayings on the back of every Apple product: Designed By Apple in California and Assembled in China. These statements attempt to say that even though the products might be assembled in a different country, Apple is an American company — a fact Apple proclaimed loudly today with a new web page titled Creating jobs through innovation. Apple has been under fire lately regarding… Read More

  • Court Reportedly Rules Against Apple In China As The iPads Keep Rolling Out Of Foxconn

    Court Reportedly Rules Against Apple In China As The iPads Keep Rolling Out Of Foxconn

    A local court in the Guangdong province of China has apparently ruled against Apple in its ongoing case against Proview over the iPad trademark, with the decision that distributors should stop selling iPad tablets in China. The news is a step in the opposite direction from last week, when it looked like Apple was gaining the upper hand over Proview, with a court ruling in Apple’s favor… Read More

  • False Alarm: Why The Apple/Foxconn Debacle Clouds The Real Manufacturing Mess

    False Alarm: Why The Apple/Foxconn Debacle Clouds The Real Manufacturing Mess

    I was walking home last week and the entire street – and some of the sidewalk – was blocked by large fire trucks and a gaggle of firemen in full regalia. The ladder truck was already planted firmly on the asphalt, ready to send a stream of water soaring over nearby apartment buildings and more trucks were coming, clogging the one-way street further. Convinced I was about to see… Read More

  • The Wheel: What Is The Foxconn Debate Really About?

    The Wheel: What Is The Foxconn Debate Really About?

    Thirty spokes meet at a nave;
    Because of the hole we may use the wheel.
    Clay is moulded into a vessel;
    Because of the hollow we may use the cup.
    Walls are built around a hearth;
    Because of the doors we may use the house.
    Thus tools come from what exists,
    But use from what does not.
    – Tao De Ching There’s a carousel in a small Cape Cod town that we visited this summer and the kids… Read More

  • Foxconn Responds To CEO’s “Employees Are Animals” Comment

    Foxconn Responds To CEO’s “Employees Are Animals” Comment

    Foxconn responded to yesterday’s kerfuffle about the CEO of Foxconn, Terry Gou, commenting that he cared for “a million animals” – namely his employees. They said it was an off-the-cuff remark, similar to saying that managing is like “herding cats” as opposed to suggesting that Foxconn employees walk on all fours and root in the mud. Big difference… Read More

  • Foxconn Chief Equates Employees To Animals

    Foxconn Chief Equates Employees To Animals

    While I suspect there’s a lot lost in translation here,Foxconn chairman Terry Gou made a wildly distasteful joke this week at the Taipei Zoo, saying (according to WantChinaTimes): “Hon Hai (Foxconn) has a workforce of over one million worldwide and as human beings are also animals, to manage one million animals gives me a headache.” The comments came during a presentation at… Read More

  • The Future Of Foxconn: Ten Thousand Horses Galloping

    The Future Of Foxconn: Ten Thousand Horses Galloping

    Shenzhen is a town of migrants. The estimated median ages is between 15 and 25 and the old and battered sits in wild contrast with the brand new. Even in the few years between my last visit and this one, the city has changed so drastically that I barely recognized it. The last time I was here I imagined the place as a cross between a favela and Blade Runner, high and low tech mashed together… Read More