Posts tagged China

the apple serfdom.

Gizmodo synopsized a story from a NYT-dubbed  “liberal” Chinese publication which did an undercover investigation of Foxconn, Apple’s main factory floor for its many lines of iGoods. Foxconn has seen a spate of suicides among its employees over the past year. The investigation looks into the modern day Apple Serfdom that employees endure in exchange for meager compensation.

The Chinese government is, as discussed before, the worst government in the world*. They make the internet their own personal digital hunting grounds, they poison American pets with wild abandon, and they turn a blind eye to their workers being treated like garbage. I wonder how long until progressive folk in this country start demanding better treatment of the worker ants for products they like. Or will they save that scrutiny for Wal-Mart?

*Okay, there are worse governments. But the heads of Jordan, Tajikistan, and the Sudan aren’t holding the US by debt-shaped balls.

china isn’t ready to rule the universe yet

Dear China,

Google just announced that they are giving one million dollars to Haiti relief. This happens to be the exact same amount that you, the important country of China gave to the cause.  I’m sure this exact matching amount from a private company to one of the “new economic giants” of the world has nothing to do with great Sino-Mountain View feud of 2010.

China, a little advice if I may. You’re a world leader, or you’re not. This is not the time to skimp on devastation aid so you can afford to ship more arms to the totally awesome Sudanese government in return for mineral rights. Iceland even got supplies and boots  to Haiti the first day, and their chief exports these days are locks of Bjork’s hair and fermented puffin poop (they’re economically devastated is what I’m trying to say)! Even my girlfriend and I sent in our $10 texts and we share a kitchen with our cat’s poop box.

So, one million, China? Really? One million dollars is nothing to you (and, to be fair, it is very little to the Google). But you, China. You have one kabillion people and are the second largest economy in the world. You are the rising economic force that will conquer and enslave us all! You are the new schoolyard bully who is infringing on our bully territory and who we will go to war with in 20 years (we all know that’s coming).

Granted, Haiti offers few natural resources for you to exploit, it seems to be one of the few third world countries without an expat population of Chinese entrepreneurs (who I even saw in friggin’ Belize, which was kinda nuts!), and it is far away from your geo-political influence. I am sure you will give more in the coming weeks, but even from a P.R. point of view, I am sorry to say, but you just fucking failed.


P.S. Still a big fan of your food!