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Behind the scenes with Samsung's Chinese factory girls

Michael Kan | Sept. 5, 2012
Like many her age, 19-year-old Zhao Caixia left her hometown in the Chinese province of Gansu to see the world. That world now revolves around a Samsung factory in the Chinese city of Tianjin, where she spends eight to 12 hours a day inspecting cameras before they're shipped out.

Xue said many like her choose jobs in electronics manufacturing because the overtime means they can earn the highest salaries. At the same time, the facilities tend to be clean and air-conditioned

"I feel like there is no reason for anyone to feel pity for us. We are just here to make money. This is very normal," she said. "You put in work, and you get rewarded for it."

Xue now works at an NGO that has an office near the industrial park and provides education services to workers. That includes supplying books and computers and bringing in volunteers from colleges to teach different subjects.

"You don't really gain anything from these manufacturing jobs. It's just a short-term way to make money," she said. "If you waste your youth on the assembly line, then that's a big loss."

 

 

 

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