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Title: Suicide as protest for the new generation of Chinese migrant workers : Foxconn, global capital, and the state
Other Titles: 若手出稼ぎ中国人の抗議自殺 : フォックスコン, グローバル資本, 国家
Authors: Chan, J 
Pun, N 
Keywords: Suicide
New generation of migrant workers
Global labor regime
Migrant wages
Electronics manufacturing service (EMS) industry
International brands
Issue Date: 13-Sep-2010
Publisher: Japan Focus
Source: Asia-Pacific journal : Japan focus, Sept. 2010, v. 8, issue 37, no. 2, p. 1-33 How to cite?
Journal: Asia-Pacific journal : Japan focus 
Abstract: A startling 13 young workers attempted or committed suicide at the two Foxconn production facilities in southern China between January and May 2010. We can interpret their acts as protest against a global labor regime that is widely practiced in China. Their defiant deaths demand that society reflect upon the costs of a state-promoted development model that sacrifices dignity for corporate profit in the name of economic growth. Chinese migrant labor conditions as articulated by the state, are shaped by these intertwined forces: First, leading international brands have adopted unethical purchasing practices, resulting in substandard conditions in their global electronics supply chains. Second, management has used abusive and illegal methods to raise worker efficiency, generating widespread grievances and resistance at the workplace level. Third, local Chinese officials in collusion with enterprise management, systematically neglect workers’ rights, resulting in widespread misery and deepened social inequalities. The Foxconn human tragedy raises profound concerns about the working lives of the new generation of Chinese migrant workers. It also challenges the state-driven policy based on the use of internal rural migrant workers, whose labor and citizenship rights have been violated.
EISSN: 1557-4660
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The following publication Chan, J., & Ngai, P. (2010). Suicide as Protest for the New Generation of Chinese Migrant Workers: Foxconn, Global Capital, and the State 若手出稼ぎ中国人の抗議自殺−− フォックスコン, グローバル資本, 国家. Asia-Pacific Japan: Japan focus, v. 8, issue 37, no. 2, p. 1-33 is available at
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