Foxconn has been in the news a lot lately with the hype surrounded by its clients revolutionary products, the iPhone and iPad. Things really took off when there was an explosion at the Factory inciting Rob Daisey, a reporter to fabricate awful working conditions that spread like wildfire until Rob Schmiz called him out and did his own investagive journalism, creating a video to show how iPad’s are made and having this to say about the experience. [Video and quote's after the break]
The first misconception I had about Foxconn’s Longhua facility in the city of Shenzhen was that I’ve always called it a ‘factory’ — technically, it is. But after you enter the gates and walk around, you quickly realize that it’s also a city — 240,000 people work here. Nearly 50,000 of them live on campus in shared dorm rooms. There’s a main drag lined on both sides with fast-food restaurants, banks, cafes, grocery stores, a wedding photo shop, and an automated library.