[Marxism] "The haunting poetry of a Chinese factory worker who committed suicide" - The Washington Post

Erik Toren ectoren at gmail.com
Thu Nov 13 17:08:36 MST 2014


"On the last day of September, a 24-year-old migrant worker in the southern
Chinese city of Shenzhen killed himself. Xu Lizhi jumped out of a window of
a residential dormitory run by his employer, Foxconn, the huge electronics
manufacturing company with a million-strong workforce that makes the
majority of the world's Apple iPhones.

In most cases, Xu's suicide would have been yet another footnote in the
vast, sweeping story of China's economic boom and transformation. He is one
of a legion of young Chinese migrants who emerge out of rural obscurity to
find work in China's teeming cities, only to end up crushed by both the
dullness and stress of factory jobs, insufficient wages and a steady
accumulation of personal disappointments.

But Xu was a poet. "

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