The 500 people a day who want a job shows a deeper trauma at work in Chinese society. The suicides are part of a bigger picture beyond Foxconn. For one, if you're 20 years old and land a premier job making iPad's, the best job you can expect to get, and you discover it requires the brains of a monkey - you may have an existential crisis - is this all there is? In China, the wealth and opportunity is reserved for an elite few connected with the Party while the vast majority are like these people with limited opportunity.
While Apple is Criticized for Foxconn, Other Companies Are Silent.
Given that something like $400 out of the $800 you pay for an iPad is all markup and taken by Apple as profit - I wonder sometimes if given the choice of manufacturing location (made in China vs made in a 1st world country) whether I would rather the other $400 go to peasants in China or $400 go to unionized factory workers in the 1st world country.
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