I traveled to China to report on Foxconn and Shenzhen as part of a special feature for Wired magazine, which will be published in an upcoming issue. In the meantime, here's a glimpse of some of the things I saw in Shenzhen.
Foxconn's factory in Shenzhen, China, is home to about half its 420,000 workers. They make many of our gadgets and computers, then walk to dormitories on the 2.1-kilometer-square campus. I got to look inside.
In this dorm room, eight workers sleep in four bunk beds in a room about the size of a two-car garage.
Newer dorm rooms share a sink on the balcony, where workers can wash their clothing and themselves. Management of the living quarters has recently been outsourced to a local operations company in an attempt to address concerns about employers overseeing living conditions of its workers. It's unclear how outside management will fundamentally alter the nature of on-campus living.