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Microsoft workers in China: ‘We are like prisoners’

Posted by Author on April 14, 2010


Digitaljournal.com –

A Chinese factory making Microsoft peripherals violates every single labor law in China, according to a new report from the National Labor Committee. KYE factory workers toil away 12 hours a day Monday through Friday and earn 43 cents an hour.

Dongguan, China – “We are like prisoners,” one worker at KYE Factory told the NLC, according to the report. “It seems like we live only to work. We do not work to live. We do not live a life, only work.”

That is one of the many statements casting a cloud over Microsoft’s labor practices. Microsoft has been outsourcing production to the KYE factory since at least 2003, the NLC found, and the factory often makes peripherals such as mice, keyboards and webcams.

Released yesterday, NLC’s report titled China’s Youth Meet Microsoft explains daily working conditions:

Twenty or thirty workers on a line must complete 2,000 Microsoft mice in 12 hours. The workers’ hands and fingers are constantly moving, many suffering abrasions and cuts, since the connectors must be inserted very closely together.

The report goes on to quote several workers, who offer an inside perspective on working at KYE in Dongguan City, Guangdong, China. One employee states: “We are ordered around and told what to do and what not to do. No one in management has ever asked us about anything. There is no discussion. You feel no respect.”

What about shifts? Fifteen-hour shifts are not uncommon, the report alleges, and staff are “prohibited from talking, listening to music or using the bathroom during working hours.”

The report, compiled with interviews and photographs from the past three years, found that the majority of KYE’s 2,000 workers were between 16 and 18 years old……. (more details from digitaljournal.com)

Posted in Business, China, Company, Economy, employment, Guangdong, Human Rights, Law, Life, Microsoft, News, People, SE China, Slave labour, Social, sweatshop, USA, Worker, World, Youth | Comments Off on Microsoft workers in China: ‘We are like prisoners’

China Military And Tanks Open Fire to Protesters In Tibet, Many Deaths

Posted by Author on March 14, 2008


Radio Free Asia, 2008.03.14-

KATHMANDU—Chinese military vehicles patrolled the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, early Saturday after spreading anti-Chinese protests turned violent and an unknown number of people were killed and injured when Chinese forces fired on rioting crowds.

“The Chinese authorities deployed all military in the Lhasa area and sent tanks. There could be several hundred tanks and they were shooting into the crowds,” one witness told RFA’s Tibetan service. “They also fired several rounds of tear-gas.”

Other Tibetans reported seeing military vehicles but whether they were tanks or armored personnel carriers was unclear. Residents said Lhasa was under martial law, with protests erupting in other provinces, but officials couldn’t be reached for confirmation.

Witnesses reported seeing a number of dead bodies in and around Lhasa, but an exact toll was impossible to gather.

“We saw two dead at Ramoche temple, two in the garden, two at the Ganden printing house, and those Tibetans who went to take food to prisoners in Drapchi prison saw 26 Tibetans shot after they were brought in on a black vehicle,” one Tibetan witness said. “There could be about 80 dead, or more, but there is too much commotion here to give an exact number.”

Youths attacked police

“Several buildings owned by Chinese immigrants and Chinese Muslim immigrants were set on fire,” the witness said. “All those shops owned by Chinese were ransacked and burned. Tibetan shop owners were told to mark their shops with scarves.”

Another source said Ramoche monastery, which has about 110 resident monks, was badly damaged after Tibetans were found running in the area carrying photos of the Dalai Lama and shouting “Independence for Tibet.’”

Local police stopped them, but the crowd—including monks and youths—joined in and attacked police. “The local police didn’t dare take them on, and then the army was called in with tanks,” the source said.

The same source said four monks from Ganden monastery had set themselves on fire in protest……. (more details from Radio Free Asia)

Posted in Asia, China, ethnic, Incident, Lasa, Law, military, News, People, Politics, Protest, Riot, Social, SW China, Tibet, World, Xizang, Youth | 2 Comments »

Leaked Kiss Video Causes Concern of China City’s Surveillance Cameras

Posted by Author on January 27, 2008


Reuters, Fri Jan 25, 2008-

BEIJING (Reuters) – Shanghai subway authorities apologized to a Chinese couple videotaped hugging and kissing on a subway platform and dismissed an employee involved in uploading the video which drew thousands of hits, state media said on Friday.

The company found three staff were responsible for taking and uploading the video. Two had already left the company and the other was dismissed after the incident caused “public uproar”, Xinhua news agency quoted authorities with Shanghai Metro Operation Co Ltd. as saying.

“We have wrapped up an internal investigation and found the videotape was uploaded by people who had worked for Shanghai metro,” they said.

“We made formal apologies and are negotiating with the couple over compensation.”

The three-minute footage was uploaded online earlier this week, attracting thousands of hits on sites such as YouTube and sina.com.

Authorities have credited the installation of hundreds of thousands of closed-circuit security cameras in large Chinese cities for helping to reduce crime in recent years.

But Chinese legal experts and scholars have called for more robust privacy legislation to regulate the use of video footage and impose penalties on its abuse.

– Original report from Reuters: China subway apologizes over leaked kiss video

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Man dies of bird flu in China: report

Posted by Author on December 4, 2007


AFP, Dec. 2, 2007-

BEIJING (AFP) — A man in east China died of bird flu Sunday, the country’s 17th fatality from the H5N1 virus, state media reported.

The 24-year-old man was hospitalised last Tuesday after being diagnosed with pneumonia, Xinhua news agency reported early Monday, citing the Jiangsu provincial health department.

The man’s condition deteriorated in hospital and he died on Sunday, it said……. (more details from AFP)

Posted in Bird flu, China, Health, Jiangsu, News, People, SE China, World, Youth | 1 Comment »

China Censor Cracks Down on TV Talent Shows

Posted by Author on September 22, 2007


By Richard Spencer in Beijing, The Telegraph, UK, 22/09/2007-

The ever fiercer battle between the Chinese censor and popular Pop Idol-style talent shows took a new twist last night when they were banned from prime-time television.

The state administration of radio, film and television published a long letter on its website in which it laid down the law for talent shows, which it has accused of promoting “vulgarity”.

As well as limiting the times that shows can be broadcast, it also says that only the finals can be shown live, and demands closer scrutiny of the moral fibre of contestants at the auditions.

“Currently, some television talent shows have vulgar problems concerning the design, judges, performance of the contestants, which have damaged the media image and caused strong reactions from viewers,” the letter said.

“The performing style, language, hair and clothing of the contestants must be in line with the taste of the masses.”

Super Voice Girls, closely modelled on Pop Idol, became one of the most successful series ever shown on Chinese television.

Some senior figures from the propaganda department started expressing reservations and saying television should promote “higher culture”.

– Original report from telegraph.co.uk : China cracks down on TV talent shows

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Suicides in China: 2.3 Times the Global Rate

Posted by Author on August 20, 2007


China Scope, 08/19/2007-

According to an official study done in 2002 in China, 287,000 people commit suicide every year. Suicide is the highest ranking cause of death in the age group of 15 to 34. It is the fifth largest for the general population. [1]

The rate of suicide in China is 2.3 times the global average. Suicides in China make up 30% of all suicides in the world (1 million each year). In addition, there are 2 million unsuccessful attempted suicides in China every year. [2, 3]

The No. 1 reason for up to 90% of suicides in other countries is mental problems [2, 3]. In China, however, suicide is often an immediate escape from an intense personal conflict rather than the result of mental problems.

More women than men commit suicide in China, which is in sharp contrast to the other parts of the world.

In rural areas, the suicide rate is 3 times that in cities. Seventy percent of those who commit suicide or attempt suicide never seek help with their problems. [4]

More college students committing suicide

In China, entering Beijing University is a great honor for students and their families. However, from April to July 2005, 3 Beijing University students committed suicide. From February to September, 14 university students in Beijing committed suicide [5].

According to a 2003 study, the rate of suicide among college students was 2 in every 10,000 [6]. A poll in 2004 indicated that 26% of all college students have thought of suicide, while 7% think about it often. [7]

The reasons for suicide include negative family influences, the pressure from studying and from life on campus, employment stresses in relationships with people, the student’s fragile mentality, diseases and negative media influences. [8]

Many of these students are the only child in their families. Their parents commonly have great expectations for them, tend to dote on them excessively and do too much for them. Thus when these students go out on their own, they are often mentally fragile, have difficulty enduring hardships and negative environmental impact, tend to be cowardly, feel inferior and have anxiety and other psychological problems.

In Guangzhou, a student committed suicide only because he “did not like the food at college, could not wash his clothes and could not get used to college life.” Many parents hire a babysitter near the campus for their children, or even rent a room nearby so that they can take care of their children themselves. [9]

The lack of religious or spiritual beliefs and China’s deteriorating moral values are other possible reasons [10, 11]. Suicide is considered a crime according to traditional Chinese culture and religions. However, the Chinese Communist Party has destroyed those traditions [12]. Today, religions, spiritual beliefs, and even large-scale Qigong practices in China are still under strict control or are prohibited. [13]

Notes:
[1]~[13], please check the original report from ChinaScope.org

Posted in Beijing, China, Education, Family, News, People, Report, Rural, Social, Student, World, Youth | 1 Comment »

China’s Me Generation

Posted by Author on August 3, 2007


By SIMON ELEGANT / BEIJING, the Time, Jul. 26, 2007-

Six friends out on a friday evening, the seafood plentiful, the conversation flowing. Maria Zhang — big hoop earrings, tight velvet jacket and a good deal of meticulously applied makeup — starts to describe an island that everyone is talking about off the east coast of Thailand. It has great diving, she says, and lots of Chinese there so you don’t have to worry about language.

Her friend Vicky Yang is hunched over a borrowed laptop, downloading an e-mail from a pesky client on her cell phone. An actuary at a consulting firm, Vicky needs to close a project tonight.

While she phones a colleague, the dinner-table conversation moves on to snowboarding (“I must have fallen a hundred times”) to the relative merits of various iPods (“Shuffle is no good”) and the sudden onrush of credit cards in China.

Silence Chen, an account executive with advertising giant Ogilvy & Mather in Beijing, tells the group he recently received six different cards in the mail. “Each one has a credit limit of 10,000,” he says, laughing. “So suddenly I’m 60,000 yuan richer!” The talk turns to China’s online shopping business, before that is interrupted by the arrival of razor clams, chili squid and deep-fried grouper.

The one subject that doesn’t come up — and almost never does when this tight-knit group of friends gets together — is politics. That sets them apart from previous generations of Chinese élites, whose lives were defined by the epic events that shaped China’s past half-century: the Cultural Revolution, the opening to the West, the student protests in Tiananmen Square and their subsequent suppression. The conversation at Gang Ji Restaurant suggests today’s twentysomethings are tuning all that out. “There’s nothing we can do about politics,” says Chen. “So there’s no point in talking about it or getting involved.”

There are roughly 300 million adults in China under age 30, a demographic cohort that serves as a bridge between the closed, xenophobic China of the Mao years and the globalized economic powerhouse that it is becoming.

Young Chinese are the drivers and chief beneficiaries of the country’s current boom: according to a recent survey by Credit Suisse First Boston, the incomes of 20- to 29-year-olds grew 34% in the past three years, by far the biggest of any age group. And because of their self-interested, apolitical pragmatism, they could turn out to be the salvation of the ruling Communist Party — so long as it keeps delivering the economic goods.

Survey young, urban Chinese today, and you will find them drinking Starbucks, wearing Nikes and blogging obsessively. But you will detect little interest in demanding voting rights, let alone overthrowing the country’s communist rulers. “On their wish list,” says Hong Huang, a publisher of several lifestyle magazines, “a Nintendo Wii comes way ahead of democracy.”

The rise of China’s Me generation has implications for the foreign policies of other nations. Sinologists in the West have long predicted that economic growth would eventually bring democracy to China. As James Mann points out in his new book, The China Fantasy, the idea that China will evolve into a democracy as its middle class grows continues to underlie the U.S.’s China policy, providing the central rationale for maintaining close ties with what is, after all, an unapologetically authoritarian regime. But China’s Me generation could shatter such long-held assumptions. As the chief beneficiaries of China’s economic success, young professionals have more and more tied up in preserving the status quo. The last thing they want is a populist politician winning over the country’s hundreds of millions of have-nots on a rural-reform, stick-it-to-the-cities agenda.

All of which means democracy isn’t likely to come to China anytime soon. And that poses challenges for Western policymakers as they try to engage China without condoning the Communist Party’s record of political repression and its failures to improve the lives of the country’s rural poor. China watchers say the Me generation’s reluctance to agitate for reform is driven in part by a reluctance to tarnish China’s moment in the sun. “They are proud of what China has accomplished, and very positive about the government,” says P.T. Black, who conducts extensive marketing research for a Shanghai-based company called Jigsaw International. The political passivity of China’s new élite makes sense while the good times roll. The question is what will happen to the Me generation — and to China — when they end. ( …… more details from Time.com )

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