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

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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.

Subject

Dying for an iPhone (new book publication), suicides, Apple, Foxconn, China, labor politics, global production network, electronics 

Period29 Aug 2020

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  • Title‘Dying for an iPhone’: The human cost of Apple’s high-speed production demands Rhoda Kwan by RHODA KWAN
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletHong Kong Free Press
    Media typeWeb
    Duration/Length/Sizean interview with Dr Jenny Chan, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    Country/TerritoryHong Kong
    Date29/08/20
    DescriptionIn 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.
    Producer/AuthorRhoda Kwan
    URLhttps://hongkongfp.com/2020/08/29/dying-for-an-iphone-the-human-cost-of-apples-high-speed-production-demands/
    PersonsJenny Chan

Keywords

  • Dying for an iPhone
  • China
  • Apple
  • Foxconn
  • suicides
  • electronics
  • global production network
  • the state
  • rural migrant workers