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July 26, 2009

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Suicide in Shenzen

The sad tale of Sun Danyong:

After being interrogated by his factory managers for losing an iPhone prototype, Sun Danyong jumped from the twelfth floor of his dormitory at 3:33 A.M., on July 16th. He left behind a poignant electronic trail that provides one of the most revealing views that I can remember into life in the factories of southern China: who works where, why, and in what conditions. Much of this remains unconfirmed, but the dramatic story contained in text messages, instant messages, and bulletin-board posts would never have been recorded ten years ago.

The rest of the post is really fascinating; recommended.

Posted July 26, 2009 at 3:26 | Comments (1) | Permasnark
File under: Briefly Noted


Dan Lyons/Fake Steve Jobs had a terrific, weird, poignant essay about this story on Tuesday.

Short version: all of us, consumers, companies, everyone talks about improving human rights in China - but as long as we're addicted to cheap consumer goods, we inevitably find ourselves complicit in these kinds of tragedies. Usually, though, we don't hear about it.

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