originally posted by: onequestion
a reply to: gator2001
So thy are thriving in the local economy?
What do you mean by lots of money, who?
How can there be lots of money and people willing to work in slave factories like Foxxcon at the same time?
That tells two different stories.
Have you been there or just saying what you see in media?
Calling it slave factory is a not correct. They are not required to work there. They have freedom to choose what job they do. Additionally, that is a
labor issue between workers and the management of the company. Foxxcon, by the way, is a Taiwanese, not Chinese owned company and those two countries
don't get along very well. Workers who were Chinese claimed discriminatory practices by the Taiwanese management.
China sent poisoned chopsticks to Taiwan, too. They don't get along.
Are there labor disputes in the U.S.?
I would say that the local economy does just fine. Streets are lined with personal businesses and chain businesses. In cities, sectors are broken down
into categories. One area is industrial, one is textiles, clothing, etc. If you want hardware supplies, you go to one area and many hardware stores
are there, for instance. You walk down the street and see all kinds of personal businesses where they make their products right there. I lived in one
city that wss world famous for their pottery.
When you buy a towel at a store that was made in China. I would walk to one of the places making them and buy them much cheaper. Same with clothes.
Same here where I live in the Philippines. You buy a can of Dole pineapple...I buy a fresh one from the Dole plantation here. I must say that a
grilled fresh Tuna is splendid, too.
We have all seen the pictures of the giant mall that is empty there. That is an isolated incident, so don't think lots of malls are empty. They
actually are huge and packed. There will be one mall, then go a block away and there is another. That is how they do it in Asia, well at least where I
Here in the Philippines city I live in it is the same way. There are four big malls all within walking distance of each other. They are all packed.
Here is a pic I took of a mall in Shenyang. This mall has 8 stories, PLUS 2 additional stories underground. This mall has an ice skating rink,
basketball court, badminton, movies theater, in addition to everything else you would expect at a mall. It is also attached to another mall with 3
levels. I literally got lost 2 times trying to get out the way I went in.
How do I know there is lots of money there? I saw the extremely numerous construction sites going on, building luxury apartments, etc. I saw all of
the many expensive cars being driven around. I saw the many nice restaurants that were not cheap. Btw...if you eat Chinese in the U.S., it is not
Chinese food, but rather American.
What I didn't see was homeless people. There might be some, but I didnt see them in my 2.5 years there living in two different cities. Seeing beggars
was rare on the street. Most of the beggars I saw were disabled people that hung around the temples.
The culture there is different. It is much more geared towards family, which might explain some about why I didn't see homeless people.The whole
family works together, not get out of the house when you are 18. There is no bad stigma attached to a person living with their parents.
I didn't say everyone was rich, but I saw lots of people with lots of money.
Two stories? No, you can't point to a labor dispute at one foreign owned company in China and say that is the story for all of China.