March 31, 2015

Lunch Break, Or Worse

This photo shows Foxconn factory workers in Shenzhen during their lunch break.  It’s part of a Reuters photo package called: “Global Business Week Ahead.” (Here’s a different view at Corbis.)  Between the U.S. and China, I imagine this photo having a very different reading. In these Chinese industrial towns, perhaps a little shut eye, a little shade and a little cardboard adds up to something completely practical. Otherwise, shades of skid row or the challenge of a living wage, it can speak here to the outcome of being pushed to, or over the edge.

(photo: Tyrone Siu/Reuters. caption: Workers nap during lunch break, at a Foxconn factory in the township of Longhua in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China)

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