Inside the Controversial Foxconn Factory

James Fallows visits the Chinese factory famous for producing iPhones, Dell computers—and suicidal employees.

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.


Jennie Rothenberg Gritz is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she edits digital features.

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