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    Though I don't think we have a better alternative, I don't think any case "debated in the Chinese media" that indicates there's no special problem can be relied on. As the details you mention indicate.

    Also, while the top 10 suicidal countries see 3-6x as many men as women suicides,

    It is the only country in the world where more women than men take their own lives, with female suicides representing 58 percent of the total, they said.

    58:32 female:male isn't quite an "overwhelming majority" in that context. Though it is probably a primary point of investigation, since it is so anomalous. Probably a combination of sexist underreporting, reporting murders as suicides, and conditioning females to think their lives aren't worth living as much as males' are.

    There's not a lot of reliable numbers to go on here. But what we've got says a lot more about China's suicide rate overall than it does about the conditions at Foxconn.

    I also want to point out, since I don't think I have, that Foxconn is clearly running something like a 21st Century sweatshop. Which is unacceptable, and the core of what American labor is forced to compete with (along with the subsidies that unrestricted pollution give China). But again, since Foxconn employees make not just a relatively high Chinese income, but also an income in their country roughly analogous to American workers (similar share of GDP and local buying power), the unacceptable absolute numbers say a lot more about the bigger picture in China than it probably even does about the specific situation at Foxconn.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Thu May 27, 2010 at 01:10:10 PM PDT

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