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iSlave: Foxconn Workers Struggle in China - US Tour (4/15-5/25)

Foxconn employs more than one million people in China alone. As the world's largest contract manufacturer, it works for Apple and many other electronics brands. Foxconn workers are the iSlaves who face horrendous conditions while producing communication tools like iPhones and iPads.

iSlave: Foxconn Workers Struggle in China - US Tour (4/15-5/25)

Foxconn employs more than one million people in China alone. As the world's largest contract manufacturer, it works for Apple and many other electronics brands. Foxconn workers are the iSlaves who face horrendous conditions while producing communication tools like iPhones and iPads.

In 2012, a series of worker suicides shook the Chinese Foxconn factories and drew world-wide attention. Management promised to improve conditions and increase wages, but the situation has not changed much since: Foxconn accelerated the relocation of factories to the Chinese hinterland, employs student interns as "cheap" labor, covers up work accidents, and still relies on its militaristic management regime.

However, Foxconn workers are far from being passive victims. They have used everyday forms of resistance against the rhythm of the assembly line and have been able to stage strikes in various Foxconn factories around China.

This talk is based on gongchao.org's collective research and activity around the struggles of Chinese migrant workers and will use words, photos, and films to present the situation at Foxconn. The discussion will focus on ways to support the iSlaves of Foxconn and relate their struggles to our own.

Articles and information on Foxconn
http://www.gongchao.org/en/islaves-struggles

On http://gongchao.org
http://gongchao.org was formed in September 2008 as a project for the research and documentation of labor unrest and social movements in China from the perspective of class struggle, migration, and gender. The website offers a selection of analytical texts and workers' stories in English and German.

Among the http://gongchao.org publications are: Unrest in China (2007), supplement to the wildcat- magazine; Dagongmei- Women Workers from China's World-Market Factories tell their Stories (2008), edited by Pun Ngai and Li Wanwei; The Take-off of the 2nd Generation- Gender, Migration, and Class Composition in China (2010), edited by Pun Ngai, Ching Kwan Lee et al,; and iSlaves - Exploitation and Resistance at China's Foxconn-Factories (2013), edited by Pun Ngai et al. (all published in German, with some parts translated into English).

Besides writing and translating articles and books, http://gongchao.org participates in inquiries and interview projects in China and sets up talks and discussions on Workers' Struggles in China in Eastern as well as Western Europe and beyond.

NEW YORK: 7pm April 15th @ Bluestockings (http://bluestockings.com/events/), April 17th @ 16 Beaver, 7:30pm April 18 @ Brecht Forum; PHILADELPHIA: 7pm April 21 @ the Wooden Shoe; BALTIMORE: 7pm April 22 @ 2640 & 12:00noon April 23 @ Johns Hopkins University, Mergenthaler Hall 526; WASHINGTON, DC: 5:00 April 25th @ McShain, Georgetown University; DETROIT: 2pm April 28 @ Trumbullplex Theater; CHICAGO: April 30- May 3; MADISON: 6:30 May 5 @ Memorial Library rm126; CHICAGO: 7pm May 3 @ Powell's Books, 1218 S. Halsted; ST. PAUL: 7pm May 8 @ Macalester College, Olin-Rice rm 150; MINNEAPOLIS: 7pm May 10 @ Mayday Books, 301 Cedar Ave; SEATTLE: 3pm May 12 @ The Wildcat & 4pm May 14 @ University of Washington, Dempsey Hall rm 4; BAY AREA: 7pm May 17 @ California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission & 8pm May 18 @ Bay Area Public School, 2141 Broadway, 2nd Floor (enter on 22nd Street); LOS ANGELES: 12pm May 22 @ UCLA Downtown Labor Center, 675 S. Park View St., LA 90057.

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