Like her, many Foxconn workers manage to go home only once a year.
Blimey. That\’s pretty good for someone we\’ve just been told only arrived a few months ago:
Li (not her real name) arrived a few months ago to join the rapidly growing
Look, I\’m sorry, but this sort of weeble is just nonsense.
These people are migrant workers in China. Which is, as you\’ll probably know, both a poor place and a large place.
A rough and reasonable guide is that the general standard of living is around and about that of the US in 1900 (I assume that\’s in chained dollars….yes, Maddison\’s fugures normally are).
So, did migrant workers in the US in 1900 go home once a year? Did they buggery.
Another example might be the hundreds of thousands of Paddys who turned up in the UK post WWII. There were still those day labouring on the building sites when I went up to London in the 80s. Home more than once a year? I think not.
My own grandmother left County Down as a migrant worker post WWI and worked in Seville. Home more than once a year? Yes, most amusing.
Perhaps it is appalling that in this modern day and age Chinese workers only get to go home once a year (Chinese New Year is the normal time, when quite literally half the country is on the move, rather like Wakes Week in parts of the North used to be). But the fault for that is that the place is still a poor place: thanks Mao, you did a great job.