Dreams and Defiance in Foxconn City: An Interview with Jenny Chan

Jenny Chan, Mark Levinson

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China’s rapid economic growth has brought many people out of poverty. But there are deep fissures behind the impressive GDP figures. China’s rise is built on a factory system that relies on hundreds of millions of exploited workers who have migrated from China’s rural regions. After decades of wage suppression and political repression, they face an uncertain future. In an interview, Jenny Chan talks about Apple—the iconic twenty-first-century multinational corporation—its contractor Foxconn, and the Chinese workers who are “dying for an iPhone” (the title of Chan’s book with Mark Selden and Pun Ngai).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33
Number of pages40
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 5 Apr 2021


  • China
  • Foxconn
  • labor politics
  • suicide
  • poetry
  • global value chains
  • globalization


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