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A Day in the Life of a Foxconn Worker

A Day in the Life of a Foxconn Worker

A Day in the Life of a Foxconn Worker

They're the ones who toil night and day to make us our high-priced gadgets while they get by at minimum wage. Chinese news site Southern Weekend sent its intern on an undercover mission to discover what it's really like to work in a Foxconn factory and the article has been translated over at Engadget.

They often dream, but also repeatedly tearing apart their dreams, like a miserable painter who keeps tearing up his or her drafts, "if we keep working like this, we might as well quit dreaming for the rest of our lives." They manufacture the world's top electronic products, yet gathering their own fortune at the slowest possible pace. The office's guest network account has a password that ends with "888" -- like many businessmen, they love this number, and they worship its phonetic equivalence ["rich"]. Little did they know that it's their own hands protecting the country's "8," yet their overtime hours, lottery tickets, and even horse racing bets, struggle to find the "8" that belongs to themselves.

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