Film "Deconstructing Foxconn" portrays Foxconn suicide surviver Tian YuPhoto: Cover SACOM report "Workers as Machines: Military Management in Foxconn

“Deconstructing Foxconn’’, a 20-minute film, tells the story of the suicide victims and numerous other anonymous migrant workers employed by Foxconn in China. One of the victims is Tian Yu, 17 year old, who jumped from the 4th-floor dormitory on 17 March 2010. She was rescued after being unconscious for 12 days in the Shenzhen Longhua People's Hospital. Only under public pressure, Foxconn Shenzhen agreed to pay her 180,000 Yuan compensation. This agreement was reached on 30 September 2010. The amount, however, falls far short of Tian Yu’s basic medical needs. Tian Yu remains half-paralysed and has returned to her home town.

Film "Deconstructing Foxconn" portrays Foxconn suicide surviver Tian YuPhoto: Cover SACOM report "Workers as Machines: Military Management in Foxconn

In “Deconstructing Foxconn’’, Jack Qiu tells the story of the suicide victims and numerous other anonymous migrant workers who are employed by Foxconn in China. 

Foxconn is the world's largest electronics manufacturer, producing iPhones, iPods, Nokias, etc. It employs more than 900,000 workers in China. In the first five months of 2010, the world was shocked to see a continuous series of suicides happening in Foxconn. What actually went wrong? This video is a visual footage for the report "Workers as Machines: Military management in Foxconn" released by SACOM on 12 October 2010.

One of the Foxconn suicide victims is Tian Yu, 17 year old, who jumped from the 4th-floor dormitory on 17 March 2010. She was rescued after being unconscious for 12 days in the Shenzhen Longhua People's Hospital. Only under public pressure, Foxconn Shenzhen agreed to pay her 180,000 Yuan compensation. This agreement was reached on 30 September 2010. The amount, however, falls far short of Tian Yu’s basic medical needs. Tian Yu remains half-paralysed and has returned to her home town.

Jack Linchuan Qiu is associate professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He researches on information and communication technologies (ICTs), class, globalization, and social change. His publications include Working-Class Network Society (MIT Press, 2009), Mobile Communication and Society: A Global Perspective (MIT Press, 2006). Some of his publications have been translated into German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Korean. Besides academic projects, he also provides consultancy services for international organizations such as the OECD. Click here for more information.

Also available is a Chinese-spoken version of the film.