There’s a lot to be said about China and the Chinese, especially in the wake of the so-called employee abuse scandal at Foxconn, the giant product-assembly facility that services Apple.
While the Fair Labor Association’s recently conducted study has thrust both Foxconn and Apple into a negative light (not that Apple users are really going to give up their iPods, iPads, iPhones or Macbooks over humans rights issues, real or contrived), it’s also illustrated a few fascinating facts about the Chinese.
For example, according to Yahoo! Finance’s Henry Blodget, “The FLA study found many violations of Chinese labor laws,” one of them being “‘overwork.’ In peak manufacturing periods, Foxconn employees worked long hours with minimal time off. As a result, the FLA has demanded that Foxconn hire more workers…”
But, also according to Blodget, a mere 18% of Foxconn workers actually think they work too much. 48% said their hours were reasonable, while the remaining 34% actually wanted to work more!
Meanwhile, back in the U.S., we have the Occupy Wall Street movement emerging from its cushy winter hibernation to once again complain about how some people make more money than others. (Even though that’s completely natural, considering that some people work a heck of a lot harder than others and others, like Occupy Wall Street, think they should be paid just for existing.)
Possibly, just possibly, anti-capitalist Americans can learn something about sacrifice, long-term thinking and achievement, as exhibited over in China, where people actually work for a living (shocking thought).
As it is though, too many of us seem far more willing to model the nation after the intrusively controlling Chinese government – which can shut down websites and put cities on military lockdown whenever it gets a case of the nerves – than its hard-working citizens.
Whatever that says about America, it certainly isn’t good.