Chinese Industrialization

By Simon Bass

Three Images

On the left, there is a long line of workers sewing. I included it because it shows how the workers actually work, and in what way. Here, it is clear they work side by side. In the middle, there is an overhead picture of living quarters of a family in Hong Kong. I chose it because it shows the size of many houses in China. It is obviously too small, and very cramped, especially for a whole family. Some of these people even live in "damp, dark rooms". The last picture on the right, is a factory where plastic christmas stars are made. It is all red because they use red dust to dye the stars, but it's also unhealthy for people to breathe in. These are "harsh conditions, according to employees". They say they have to go through 10 masks a day to stop the dust from going into the air they breathe.

Adjectives

The first is harsh, since many factories have harsh conditions. Even though some people might think that China's labor conditions are improving, "worker abuse is still commonplace in many of the Chinese factories that supply Western companies". The second is strict, since factory owners make strict rules about labor. Many of them make their workers work overtime, sometimes as much as seven days a week. This brings it to long. The working hours are very long, sometimes to the point of depriving workers of their sleep. Then comes unsanitary. Like the factory with the red dust used to dye plastic stars, it is unsafe and unclean to work in that red dust all in the air the whole day. The last is inhumane. Combining all of the previous adjectives gives a pretty grim outlook on the life of some Chinese workers. Sleep deprivation, unclean working conditions, those are just a few negative things that make it inhumane.

Predictions

In Britain, at some point labor conditions were also fairly bad. But they improved over time, as people realized what was going on. Awareness of labor conditions rose, and some people did something about it. In China, I think something similar will happen. If the awareness of the conditions workers in China have to face gets more widespread, enough people who are willing to do something will be able to come together and make an impact. Chinese worker's themselves are already making a difference by striking, which creates many "important precedent[s]" involving "pervasive issue[s] in most Chinese factories".

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