Industrialization in China

by Sara Kawai, Block F

Images

In modern day China, the industrialization seems to be very similar to what the British industrialization used to look like. Firstly, the image with the woman holding a label that says "forced to work exhausting hours" shows how brutal working in a factory can be. This image was included to display the poor working conditions that China has and how not enough people are paying attention to what is happening behind these chilling labels. Stated in CNN's article, http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/26/world/asia/primark-chinese-prison-labor-note/, there was also a small note that was hidden in the pockets of the woman's jeans. The note scribbled that "[They] work 15 hours every day and eat food that wouldn't even be fed to pigs and dogs. [They're] forced to work like oxen."

In the late 1700s of Britain, the working conditions were frighteningly identical to China's industry. These atrocious conditions lead into the next image. The second image shows the people of China protesting against working under horrible states and low wages. During the industrial revolution, the workers created unions to reform for their rights. Sometimes, they would even go on strikes if the factory owners refused to meet the demands of the union. These strikes for improvement have been seen throughout various places in Chinese factories. The last image shows the hardworking and industrious employees in the factories. Although these people work long hours, they still have low wages and barely get enough food or sleep in their systems. Overall, many of these images show the harsh truth about industrialization in China.

5 Adjectives

The nature of industrialization in China today can be described in many different ways. The work load is arduous and strenuous, while the environmental conditions are harsh and abominable. With many protests within different factories around China, it also shows the passionate side of the workers. These workers' rights are being violated and they do not want to give up fighting for what they believe in. According to The New York Times, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/primark-denies-forced-labour-allegations-as-more-cry-for-help-labels-emerge-9563575.html, "Labor conditions in China have drawn scrutiny in recent weeks, with worker strikes at Honda plants and a cluster of suicides...at Foxconn Technology." This is horrid to even imagine what working in China must be like. With the environment also having polluted air and water, and crowded places everywhere, life in China must be rough and unpleasant.

The Future of Chinese Industrialization

There are many predictions that one could make about the future of Chinese labor, manufacturing, and cities. Throughout the British industrial revolution, more and more people began to lose their jobs. This was because of the improvement of machines and new inventions. The future of China will most likely also be like this, as well. With machines taking over jobs, it is possible for most of our everyday things to be made by machines, and not people. In the article of The Guardian, http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/feb/19/rise-of-robots-future-of-work, it is said that it's "hard to resist the conclusion that 'technological unemployment' will continue to rise, as more and more people become redundant." China, or even the rest of the world, might result in having a jobless future where technology takes over everything we do.

What Industrialization Looks Like in China

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