Inside the Controversial Foxconn Factory

More

In May 2010, the New York Times reported on a wave of suicides taking place at Foxconn, the Southern Chinese plant that churns out electronics for Apple, Dell, and other major brands. Since then, the company's name has been mostly synonymous with hopelessness and explotation.

The Atlantic's James Fallows visited one of the two Foxconn factories during a reporting trip for his December 2012 story, "Mr. China Comes to America." He spotted the infamous suicide nets hanging outside the factory windows. But instead of squalor and despair, he was surprised to find a clean, modern facility with swimming pools and cyberlounges. In this narrated slideshow, he shares photos and reflections from that visit.


Jump to comments

Jennie Rothenberg Gritz is The Atlantic's digital features editor. More

Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, an Atlantic senior editor, began her association with the magazine in 2002, shortly after graduating from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She joined the staff full time in January 2006. Before coming to The Atlantic, Jennie was senior editor at Moment, a national magazine founded by Elie Wiesel.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Why Are Americans So Bad at Saving Money?

The US is particularly miserable at putting aside money for the future. Should we blame our paychecks or our psychology?


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

The Death of Film

You'll never hear the whirring sound of a projector again.

Video

How to Hunt With Poison Darts

A Borneo hunter explains one of his tribe's oldest customs: the art of the blowpipe

Video

A Delightful, Pixar-Inspired Cartoon

An action figure and his reluctant sidekick trek across a kitchen in search of treasure.

Video

I Am an Undocumented Immigrant

"I look like a typical young American."

Video

Why Did I Study Physics?

Using hand-drawn cartoons to explain an academic passion

Writers

Up
Down

More in Video

Just In